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, […]
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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 […]
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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

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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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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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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Featured case studies

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

A Holistic Approach to Healing NHS Lothian Charity is delighted to have supported the teams at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre […]

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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

NHS Lothian Charity has continued its programme of art and therapeutic design to improve patient experience at East Lothian Community […]

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Enhancing the Patient Experience at East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital holds a special place in the hearts of our community, providing vital care and support to […]

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Making a difference for children living with cancer

A special trip was organised for young people aged 13 to 18, who are undergoing treatment for cancer at the […]

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