NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian is one of the fourteen regions of NHS Scotland. It provides healthcare services in the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Mid Lothian and West Lothian areas. Its headquarters are at Waverley Gate, Edinburgh

NHS Lothian
TypeNHS board
Established2001 (2001)
HeadquartersWaverley Gate
2-4 Waterloo Place
Region served
Populationcirca 800,000


It is responsible for the care provided by around 29,000 staff at a number of locations:[1]

Community Health Partnerships

The Edinburgh Community Health Partnership (CHP) has responsibilities around delivering community health services and also addressing inequalities in Edinburgh for NHS Lothian.[2]

When the CHPs were established in 2005 they provided a single management structure, taking over control community services were transferred under their control.[3] On 1 April 2007, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership was formed by the merging of 2 CHPs: Edinburgh North and Edinburgh South.[4]

NHS Lothian's Accident and Emergency

Accident and emergency departments are located within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St. John's Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Performance has been rated the poorest in Scotland. Only 89.4 percent of emergency patients were treated or admitted within four hours in November 2017.[5]

Minor Injury Dept

The Western General Hospital has a nurse-staffed Minor Injury Dept. it is open every day of the year and treats, cuts, burns, infection and small bone breaks. It is an alternative to Accident And Emergency departments and helps to appropriately treat patients whilst helping to reduce unnecessary A & E attendance.



NHS Lothian was based at the Deaconess House until 2010 when it moved to Waverley Gate, an office development within the facade of the former GPO in the centre of Edinburgh.[6]


It was established in 2001 as the 'umbrella' organisation for all Lothian health services.

There were also three NHS trusts operating in the area - Lothian University Hospitals, Lothian Primary Care and West Lothian Healthcare. The dissolution of these bodies in 2003-2004 meant that NHS Lothian would act as a single health authority, overseeing the planning and delivery of all the region's local health services.[7]


Chief executive

The Chief Executive is Tim Davison.[8]

Board members

The NHS Board members are:[9]

  • Mr Brian Houston, Chairman
  • Mr Tim Davison, Chief Executive
  • Mr Alex Joyce, Employee Director
  • Miss Tracey Gillies, Medical Director
  • Mrs Susan Goldsmith, Director of Finance
  • Professor Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy
  • Professor Alex McMahon, Nurse Director
  • Miss Fiona Ireland, Chair of the Area Clinical Forum
  • Mr Martin Hill, Vice Chair
  • Mr Michael Ash, Councillor Ricky Henderson, Mrs Alison Mitchell, Mr Peter Murray, Ms Carolyn Hirst, Mr John Oates, Mrs Lynsay Williams, Dr Richard Williams, Professor Moira Whyte, Professor Tracy Humphrey, Mr Angus McCann, Councillor John McGinty, Councillor Fiona O'Donnell, Councillor Derek Milligan, Mr Martin Connor, Non Executive Board Members


Between April 2014 and February 2015 the board paid out almost £8 million to private hospitals for the treatment of more than 4,500 patients in order to meet waiting time targets.[10] In an attempt to comply with the Scottish Treatment Time Guarantee, a 12-week target for inpatient or day-case patients waiting for treatment, the board spent £11.3 million on private hospital treatment for NHS patients in 2013-14.[11]


Professor James Barbour OBE announced his early retirement from the position of chief executive on 28 April 2012, following accusations of a culture of bullying and manipulation of waiting list times in NHS Lothian.[12]


  1. "Locations". NHS Lothian. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. "Community: Edinburgh CHP". NHS Lothian. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. "Changes to cut health service bureaucracy on way". The Scotsman. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  4. "Products and services: GPD Support: Geography". Information Services Division Scotland. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. BBC Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area, accessed 24 January 2018
  6. "A brief look at the history of the Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh, 1894–1990" (PDF). Journal of the Royal College of Physicians. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. "Our organisation: About us". NHS Lothian. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  8. "NHS Lothian announces new Chief Executive". Nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  9. "Board Members". NHS Lothian. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  10. "NHS spends millions in private sector despite SNP 'clampdown'". Herald Scotland. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  11. "NHS Lothian's £1m a month private hospital bill". Edinburgh News. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  12. McEwan, Alan (28 April 2012). "NHS Lothian chief takes retirement amid waiting times scandal". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
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