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Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity believes that nothing should get in the way of being a child. We support Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Royal Hospital for Children and Young People as well as other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland.

We believe that nothing should get in the way of being a child. We exist to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second.

Because of us:

    • Children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness.
    • Children and young people are less scared of hospital and have a positive experience.
    • Children and young people’s families are better supported and comforted.
    • Children and young people have an improved experience of healthcare in their community.

We are a grant giving organisation which distributes around £1.5m per year at the hospital in Edinburgh and other children and young people’s community healthcare settings.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh was the first children’s hospital in Scotland.

It was built on its present site in Sciennes Road, Edinburgh in 1895 and opened by HRH Princess Beatrice of York,  granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Our current patron is HRH Princess Beatrice of York, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.

Every year over 100,000 children pass through the doors of the hospital, ranging in age from just a few hours old to aged 16 in some specialities. The majority of our patients come from Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but the hospital treats children from all over Scotland.

Did you know?

  • 48,000 children will visit A&E every year.
  • We are the specialist centre in Scotland for spinal surgery, epilepsy surgery, neurology, plastic surgery, keyhole surgery.
  • The hospital has an Intensive Care Unit; High Dependency Unit; Oncology/Haematology ward; A&E; Radiography; and a Neurology ward
  • The hospital has 122 beds.
  • We undertake medical research and are a teaching hospital.

Lyndsey and Lyle ~

Lyle is 13 months old and has been in hospital for over a quarter of his life. His mum, Lyndsey, explains what brought him in. ʺWe first came here with Lyle after he`d picked up an infection, but at the time we were also worried because we’d noticed a tremor down his left sideʺ.
An MRI scan discovered a large tumour pressing on Lyle`s optic nerve. “Because of where it is they can’t operate to try and remove it as it would kill him. We are just having to take each day as it comes at the moment.” says Lyndsey.  As Lyle undergoes chemo- and radiotherapy, Lyndsey has been staying at the hospital.  “I’ve not slept at home for 55 nights – it’s really tough but you just get on with it at the end of the day. Lyle’s always smiling – you’d never know he was so poorly!”




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