Useful information about Radiology at RHCYP

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh

RHCYP welcomes core and specialty trainees. We are a small department, but passionate about teaching and introducing our trainees to what we think is the most interesting specialty in radiology!



  • Dr Simon McGurk (Lead)

    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays

    • GI, NAI

  • Dr Jeremy Jones (Deputy)

    • TPD Wednesday

    • off Tuesday

    • MSK, Intervention, NAI

  • Dr Alan Quigley

    • off Monday

    • Neuro, Head & Neck, ENT

  • Dr Michael Jackson

    • off Monday

    • SJH alternate Wednesdays

    • Oncology

  • Dr Andrew Kirby

    • off Tuesday

    • Fife alternate Wednesdays

    • GI, Oncology, MSK

  • Dr Sam Choi

    • off Thursday

    • Fife alternate Wednesdays

    • Neuro, H&N

Lead Radiographers

  • Jayne Davison - RHCYP - Band 7

  • Louisa Armstrong - DCN - Band 8


RHCYP is a small tertiary referral centre offering care to children and adolescents up to the age of 16 (older in some chronic and specialist conditions). Radiology forms an increasingly important part of its work and, in common with other radiology departments, has seen a considerable increase in workload in the last 5 years.

The department is close knit with a collegial relationship between consultants and the radiographic staff. The radiographers are highly skilled and trusted. Their opinions are worth listening to and their advice well meant. The department clerical staff Nic, Mary, Kath, Veronica and Diraj keep us in order as do the department RDAs Jennifer, Jacqueline, Samantha, Zowie, Fiona, Heather and Sarah.


Ground floor map RHCYP

Radiology is the central light blue area and RHCYP is the left side (DCN is on the right). The pink section contains the staff room and some meeting spaces.


Our meetings are held in the resource room (reporting corridor). In addition, these meetings are held on Teams. Get in touch with Andrew Kirby ( to be added to these teams.



  • 1245: Renal & Surgical (Resource Room)


  • 0830: PNOG (Resource Room)

  • 1300: Grand Round (Teams)

  • 1500: National Congenital Lung Lesion [monthly] (Teams)


  • 0800: GI [1st Wed monthly] (Resource Room)

  • 0800: Spinal [2nd Wed monthly] (Resource Room)

  • 1230: A&E (Resource Room)


  • 1230: Respiratory & Medical (Resource Room)

  • 1315: Rheumatology (Consultant Office)


  • 0830: Oncology (Resource Room)

  • 1000: National Epilepsy Surgery [monthly] (Conference Room)

  • 1200: Neuro (Resource Room)

  • 1300: ENT [not regular] (Resource Room)

  • 1300: Fetal [monthly] (Teams)


Training Objectives

Here is a tick-sheet of training objectives for you to complete throughout your block. Use this in your clinical supervisor meetings to guide your objectives.

What we cover

We report all radiological examinations performed at RHCYP, Edinburgh and any paediatric work performed across Lothian. We report all plain films for the babies at the Simpson’s neonatal unit.

We also provide paediatric radiology cover for Fife: one consultant goes to Fife every Wednesday, all examinaIons for under 16 year olds are reported by us, and we cover paediatric on-call for Fife until 11 PM every day. Some reporting for paediatric MRI from Aberdeen and Dumfries is also covered.

What we expect from you

Your job is to assimilate in to the department and show us how good you are. In return we will show you techniques and discuss diagnoses in paediatric radiology. We will rely on you to keep us up to date with new techniques, particularly in CT.

Much of our work involves screening children so there are a large number of normal studies. The other extreme is the small number of bizarre diagnoses that you will see in your time with us. You should leave RHCYP confident in routine examinations and able not to panic when you see something weird.

Many facets of paediatric practice will be new to you and you will have to accept that you will be closely supervised. It is nothing personal. By the end of your time here we would like you to be able to:

  • Recognise common paediatric fractures

  • Recognise an abnormal paediatric chest X-ray

  • Diagnose transient synovitis on ultrasound

  • Perform routine renal tract and abdominal ultrasound without supervision

  • Have seen ultrasound of the brain, spine, pyloric stenosis and intussusception

  • Be competent using the screening equipment

  • Perform upper GI contrast studies (including rotation assessment) and MCUG

  • Formulate concise and accurate MRI and CT reports

  • Lead RHCYP clinical meetings: the A&E meeting is a good start

  • Use PACS effectively

What is not acceptable

We expect you to be on time, or to let us know if that is not going to be possible. We want to know in advance if you are not going to be here.

We expect you to treat children and their families gently and with empathy.

Don't have large volumes of work sitting waiting for verification. When you have 20 plain films or 5 MRIs, its time to stop and ask someone to check them.


We expect you to ask us to perform regular assessments of your capabilities. These should cover different parts of our clinical practice and you should ask a range of consultants. We expect a minimum of 5 assessments per 4 month block but we'd prefer more.

Assessments should be performed prospectively - don't ask to do an IPX on a session of work after the session is over!


On Your First Day

Parking at Little France is exceptionally difficult. Public transport and cycling are much better options.

Come to Paediatric Imaging Department reception at 9 am. If you have been told the name of a specific radiologist to find, ask for them. Otherwise, ask for the duty radiologist who will be in the acute reporting room.

We look forward to meeting you!