Who We Are

Our NHS service in Children’s Orthopaedics comprises a highly-specialised team of orthopaedic surgeons, specialty doctors, physiotherapists, orthopaedic practitioners, administrators and nurses offering care to children and adolescents in South East Scotland with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

What We Do

We provide emergency care for the region as a Major Trauma Centre, and we are a Tertiary Referral Centre for elective patients, with coverage extending across Scotland and beyond. By bringing together high quality, family-centred and compassionate evidence based clinical care, we aim to achieve optimal functional outcomes and minimise musculoskeletal-driven pain for children and young people we care for. The majority of these services are based at our new hospital The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP). We also offer ‘close to home’ outpatient and non-operative care in West Lothian and Fife, as well as gait analysis and orthotic care at SMART Centre at the Astley Ainsley Hospital. The Scottish National Deformity Service is based at RHCYP and details of this service can be found here.

Our service has a well-established and robust research programme with publications in highly level peer reviewed journals. The national CPIPS (Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway Scotland) has its ‘home’ at RHCYP. The UK national group is also chaired from here and is driving the roll out of this internationally recognised programme forward in the rest of the UK and beyond. We are passionate about delivering first class training to improve future patient care. We boast strong links with the University of Edinburgh and regularly host undergraduate medical students, as well as students studying nursing, physiotherapy and other allied healthcare professions. Orthopaedic specialty trainees rotate through the department and have given their training the highest possible rating.