Coming into hospital

Children and young people can be seen as outpatients at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals and some may be able to have a day case procedure carried out by some of our consultants.

We have a range of specialist who can see children and young people at either Murrayfield or Shawfair Park as an outpatient.  All day case procedures are carried out at Shawfair.

Our paediatric consultants treat a range of issues, however, at present we do not have the facilities to treat tonsillectomy patients.

Who can be seen? 

  • Birth–16 years old as outpatient appointments at both hospitals
  • 3–16 years old as a day case at Spire Shawfair Park

Which consultants can see paediatric patients?

What happens next?

If your child is coming into hospital for surgery, we will organise a pre-operative assessment.  This can be done face to face, over a Zoom call or by telephone. You will meet some of the staff who'll be looking after your child on the day of admission.

On the ward, your child will be cared for by a registered sick children's nurse or a registered nurse with a child branch certificate. The team that looks after your child in the operating theatre and recovery room will have received additional training in the care of children.

Due to safety, we currently allow one carer per admission.

You will be able to accompany your child to the anaesthetic room and stay with them until they are asleep. You will also be able to accompany your child back from the recovery area to the ward if necessary.

A menu will be available and if your child wants something that's not on the menu, we’ll do our best try to provide it.

It's a good idea for your child to bring one or two of their own favourite toys/electronics or comforters into hospital with them. You should normally plan to be in hospital with your child for at least five hours during a day case procedure.