We are the official charity of NHS Lothian.

From the everyday to the transformational, we support NHS Lothian to excel for all the communities it serves: patients, families, carers and staff. Together, we help make healthcare better. We are dedicated to supporting NHS Lothian patients and staff, and improving health and wellbeing for the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

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Arts in Health

Tonic Arts is our award-winning Arts in Health Programme. In partnership with NHS Lothian, specialist arts organisations and cross-sector partners, […]
Community Garden at Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Green Health

We are increasingly recognising the important role of greenspace and green health activities on our health and wellbeing. In fact, […]
Three Nurses Walking

Staff Wellbeing and Professional Development

We want NHS Lothian to have the best trained and supported staff across all healthcare roles. We want those who […]

Research and Innovation

New ideas, breakthroughs and technologies are vital if we are to continue to raise the standards of healthcare and meet […]
Nurse and elderly patient smiling at each other

Enhancement of the NHS Service

NHS Lothian Charity is the official charity of NHS Lothian. We work in strategic partnership with NHS Lothian and other […]
Tiled corridor arts commission at Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Creating Healing Spaces

Care is much more than treatments and medicines. The environment that patients are treated in is also hugely important. The […]

Latest news stories

Isla watching the virtual reality film beside an NHS Lothian member of staff

14 February 2024

NHS Lothian Charity supports children to prepare for s…

NHS Lothian Charity has supported the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP) to become one of the first […]

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16 January 2024

Kennedy Wilson helps keep patients connected at the We…

Global real estate investment company, Kennedy Wilson, has generously donated £10,000 to NHS Lothian Charity to support free enhanced WiFi […]

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Climate Challenge Grants - Reuseable Surgical Hats

28 December 2023

NHS Lothian Charity supports Breast Theatre staff to r…

A team at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh is significantly reducing operating room waste and saving money after introducing […]

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Tonic Arts Commission at East Lothian Community Hospital called Glade

20 November 2023

Prestigious healthcare award win sees Tonic Arts recog…

NHS Lothian Charity’s Tonic Arts Programme received an award win at the 2023 Building Better Healthcare Awards, held at The […]

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Upcoming events

Hairy Haggis and NHS Lothian Charity Champions at EMF

25 May 2024 – 26 May 2024 / Edinburgh

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Run the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and support life-saving projects Sign up for the Hairy Haggis relay (team of 4), 10k, […]

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28 April 2024 – 15 September 2024 / Across Scotland

Kiltwalk

Take on an epic Kiltwalk challenge and change lives with every step. Sign up for a 50% discount off the […]

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1 June 2024 – 30 June 2024

100 Mile Challenge

Get involved in our 100 mile challenge and help NHS Lothian Charity continue to make healthcare better for patients, their […]

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5 July 2024 – 30 September 2024

NHS Big Tea

Raise a mug, have some fun and say ‘Happy Birthday NHS’. Your support means so much to our NHS staff. […]

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Featured case studies

NHS Lothian staff smiling with two therapy ponies

Enhancing Wellbeing Through Therapy Animals at Ellen’s Glen Hospital

NHS Lothian Staff are supporting patients wellbeing through innovative approaches to care. Ellen’s Glen Hospital recognised the benefits of therapy […]

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Nurse and elderly patient smiling at each other

Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA)

Everyone has a story to tell and our colleagues at NHS Lothian are helping their patients tell theirs. Thanks to […]

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Helping children deal with sudden and traumatic loss

The Critical Care Unit at the Royal of Infirmary Edinburgh deals with sudden and traumatic deaths which can present unique […]

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Helping to alleviate stress and distress for children in pre and post operative care

NHS Lothian Charity has recently funded sensory equipment at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People to improve the […]

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