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, enriching experiences and enhancing environments through art and creativity.
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 recognise that a […]

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

Clean energy wind turbines beside a shore

22 April 2024

NHS Lothian Charity’s new investment ethos strengthe…

As a long-time responsible investor, NHS Lothian Charity is now pushing its consideration beyond avoidance of harmful investments and significant Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks, to a more intentional approach that aims to deliver positive impact.

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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 in Scotland to use a virtual reality headset to help children prepare for surgery.

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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 for patients at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh for one year.

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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 reusable surgical hats thanks to a Climate Challenge Grant from NHS Lothian Charity.

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Upcoming events

Seven NHS Lothian Charity Champions stood smiling at the camera waiting for their turn to do the abseil. Wearing a harness, helmet and a purple NHS Lothian Charity t-shirt.

14 March 2025 / Falkirk

Falkirk Wheel Abseil

Experience the thrill of the Falkirk Wheel Abseil Date – Friday, 14 March 2025 Location – Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Falkirk, FK1 4RS […]

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5 July 2024 – 30 September 2024

NHS Big Tea

Raise a mug, have some fun and say ‘Happy Birthday NHS’. Sign up for your FREE fundraising pack filled with […]

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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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NHS Lothian Charity runner approaching the finishing line at EMF

24 May 2025 – 25 May 2025 / Edinburgh

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2025

Registration is now open for Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2025. Don’t miss out on a chance to secure a place and […]

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Featured case studies

The East Lothian Palliative Care team with the Bunny Buddies

Bunny Buddies: A Comforting Cuddle During Difficult Times

The East Lothian Palliative Care Team have introduced ‘Bunny Buddies’ to provide a source of comfort and help families dealing with loss and grief start difficult conversations.

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Building for the Future: Supporting a Legacy of Patient-Centred Care at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre

We are delighted to have supported the teams at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre with their ongoing programme of works and their holistic approach to patient care.

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NHS Staff writing on the chalk board in the SALT Rooms at East Lothian Community Hospital

Transforming Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Rooms at East Lothian Community Hospital

We have continued our programme of art and therapeutic design to improve patient experience at East Lothian Community Hospital. The latest project has created bright, stimulating Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) rooms to support children on their communication journey.

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Enhancing the Patient Experience at East Lothian Community Hospital

Thanks to the generous support of The Blythe Family Trust, we are delighted to be funding several key projects designed to significantly enhance the experience of patients and their families, with a particular focus on those in our inpatient wards who require more specialist and long-term care.

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