Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, or the ‘Sick Kids’ as it is fondly known, is located in Edinburgh's Bio-quarter campus adjacent to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

RHCYP Emergency Department induction


Emergency Medicine training

Trainees will typically spend 6 months of ST3 and a further six months in ST5/6 working in RHCYP. In addition the department and hospital trains those doctors who are undertaking Paediatric EM subspecialty training.


The Emergency Department sees almost 50,000 children per year and thrives on a mixture of high acuity medical, surgical presentations and trauma. We have a team of 11 Consultants who have a variety of clinical backgrounds in both Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Medicine. In addition to this team of supportive consultants we also have experienced Nurses, Emergency Nurse Practitioners and Orthopaedic Technicians. This mix provides a highly specialised team who strive to make the experience of Paediatric Emergency Medicine a valuable learning journey in a fun and enjoyable environment.

The Emergency Department at the RHCYP offers a vast array of teaching and training opportunities. We incorporate a very active clinic in our daily activity which sees a range of pathology and allows the chance to witness the progression in management of these children. There is a weekly structured teaching programme covering all the basics of Paediatric Emergency Medicine and, due to the degree of Consultant presence, opportunities for real time training on the shop-floor are plentiful.

We are committed to maintaining current high standards in Paediatric care and developing strategies to ensure the specialty delivers on all levels. It is an exciting and rewarding time to be a part of this team.


Staff contacts

Clinical Director - Dr. Paul Leonard -