St. John's Hospital, Livingston

St. John's Hospital, Livingston

The Emergency Department has just completed an extensive redevelopment in early 2020.


Emergency Medicine training

The majority of trainees will work in this department in either ST3 or ST5/6.


The department sees approximately 60,000 patients per year which includes both children and adults. Major trauma diverts to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh along with a small number of surgical presentations but otherwise the departments cares a wide variety of presentations from cardiac arrests to pulled elbows.

The wider hospital provides for most common adult and paediatric specialties as well as mental health, but not acute general surgical or trauma/orthopaedic admissions which are centralised in Edinburgh. SJH has the supra-regional plastic surgery and burns unit, oral and maxillofacial as well as ENT surgery. The emergency department operates an 14 bed observation ward adjacent to the main department.

The department offers a friendly and welcoming working environment. Each weekday starts with a Consultant led multidisciplinary teaching session. There are now 14 Consultants based in the department on the on-call rota who are present until 11pm, 7 days a week. In additional Consultants based in RIE and RHCYP work in the department during the week on a sessional basis. Other staff include an experienced nursing and nurse practitioner team, Occupational therapist and Orthopaedic technicians.


Staff contacts

  • Clinical Director - Dr Nicola McCullough -

  • Consultant responsible for junior medical staffing - Dr Rebecca Cranfield -

  • PA - Beth Love -