An introduction to plastic surgical services in Lothian

Plastic Surgery

An introduction to plastic surgery and information to familiarise the reader with the South East Scotland unit based at St. John’s Hospital, Livingston and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh


Department details


The department is based at St. John's Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, but as a service we cover all the hospitals in Lothian, various sites around South East Scotland and the Highlands (Inverness).


Department addresses

St. John’s Hospital
Howden Road West
West Lothian
EH54 6PP

  • Adult Ward 18

  • Burns Ward 20

  • Paediatric Ward

  • Day Bed Unit

  • Outpatients 2 and 4

Phone: 01506 523 000

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People
50 Little France Crescent
EH16 4TJ

  • Ward 3 and 4

  • Day Case Unit

  • Main Outpatients

Phone: 0131 536 0000


Outpatient services

Outpatient services are also provided at:

Lauriston Buildings, Dermatology department (Skin cancers, Ear Recon)
ERI in OPD6 (Sarcoma)
WGH in Breast Unit (Breast) and Oncology Centre (Melanoma)


In general all patients under 16 are treated at RHCYP. However for various reasons a few children are seen and treated at SJH. In rare cases, children over 2 years old can be operated on at SJH.

Peripheral hospitals

There is no resident plastic surgery presence in ERI or WGH but our department provides the plastic surgery service for all Lothian hospitals and this may necessitate visits to other hospital to see or operate on patients there. Most of these will be combined cases with orthopaedics, general surgery, O&G and neurosurgery.


The main departmental offices are located on West end of the first floor of St. John's Hospital within the Educational Suite. The consultant’s offices, secretaries and trainee’s office and our meeting room are located here.


The department normally comprises:

15 Consultants
2 Staff Grades
10 SpR and ST trainees and sometimes one orthopaedic hand trainee
4 FY2/CT1-CT2
4 FY1

There are secretarial staff at SJH and RHCYP, and other specialists such as SALT, Dieticians and Physiotherapists attached to the main inpatient clinical sites.





Mr Ken Stewart (KS)
Mr Stuart Hamilton (SH)

Ms Ewa Majdak-Paredes
Mr Hilal Bahia (HB)
Mr Patrick Addison (PA)
Mr Will Anderson (WA)
Mr Dan Widdowson (DW)

Ms Emma Addison

Ms Jill Baker

Ms Rachel Thomas

Mr Bernard Robertson

Ms Dominique Davidson (DD)
Ms Philippa Rust (PAR)
Miss Claire Simpson (CS)
Mr Neil Cahoon (NC)

Mr Matt Brown

Ms Pauline McGee

Mr Luca Lancerotto


Mr Ken Stewart
Mr Patrick Addison

Ms Emma Addison

Ms Jill Baker

Ms Pauline McGee


Mr Patrick Addison

Ms Emma Addison

Ms Jill Baker

Ms Rachel Thomas


Associate specialist

None at present

Staff grades

Mr Riyadh Almasharqah

Transport and parking

For the most part, only the registrars and consultants will routinely have to visit peripheral hospitals or transfer between SJH and RHCYP during the day.

Parking at RIE is privately run and expensive. If you are visiting on official business, any one of the departmental secretaries can arrange a ‘Virtual Pass’ for you. This will allow you to park for free at RIE. Simply buzz the parking attendant on arrival and departure from the main RIE car park. Virtual passes should be arranged at least 2 hours in advance and cannot be arranged at the weekends.

RHCYP has three proximity areas (1A, 1D and 1E) with a limited number of spaces for patients and visitors with specific access requirements (see below for details of eligibility and process for patients and visitors to access these areas). These areas are barrier controlled with number plate recognition and are managed by NHS Lothian Facilities Logistics Services via the NHSL FM Helpdesk for bookings. Not all spaces within these areas are bookable as some will be retained for emergency and essential drop off and deliveries.