Firefighters visit Edinburgh’s children’s hospital

Crew members from the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service paid a visit to some of the patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh to highlight the dangers associated with bonfire night.


Parents asked to help improve Royal Hospital for Sick Kids

By Christine Lavelle

BOSSES at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children hope to use ideas from families of loved ones who owe their lives to the miracle staff there to make improvements at the campus.

A new family forum has been set up, inviting parents and carers who have spent time at the hospital to contribute their views about what will make the facility better.

In a series of regular meetings, starting on Thursday 7 October, parents can voice their opinions to management about ways in which the hospital can be improved with regards to outdoor space, play areas and transport arrangements.

They will also be shown drawings of the new Children’s Hospital planned at Little France, and given the chance to speak to the project manager. Continue reading

Student’s artwork on display in new restaurant

By Amanda MacMillan

A TALENTED Edinburgh student’s artwork has been chosen to sit pride of place at a new restaurant.

Thyme, the new restaurant at Premier Inn Central on Lauriston Place, teamed up with George Heriot’s and St Thomas of Aquins  high schools to invite budding artists to create their own interpretations of popular Edinburgh landmarks.

The winning piece of art was created by Andy Jack, 17, a sixth year pupil at St Thomas of Aquins.

His panoramic interpretation of the Edinburgh skyline will now appear in the new restaurant and after a year on display it will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

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Videos launched to help children prepare for cancer treatment

By Christine Lavelle

A SERIES of short films are to be posted on youtube to help prepare children facing cancer treatment in hospital.

The six two-minute videos have been designed with children and parents in mind, and each addresses a different theme – going to the operating theatre, placing central lines, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and nutrition.

Aimed at kids aged between 10 and 12, the clips feature a friendly staff nurse who takes the viewer step-by-step through what they can expect upon arrival in hospital.

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Girl seriously injured after falling down a cliff while on holiday

By Christine Lavelle

A YOUNG girl who fell down a cliff side has been rushed to hospital with a head injury, after falling down the side of a cliff.

The 11-year-old was out walking at the Chain Walk near Kincraig Point in Fife when she fell.

She and her family are believed to be from Glasgow, but were on holiday in the area.

The incident happened at midday today, and a rescue operation was put in place to airlift her to the Royal hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, with her dad at her side. Continue reading

Woman behind Sick Kids scandal denies wrongdoing

Elaine McGonigle (left) with Jack McConnell and George Foulkes

By Cara Sulieman

A WOMAN at the centre of a fundraising scandal affecting a famous Scots children’s hospital has slammed her critics – and insisted she has done nothing wrong.

Elaine McGonigle, who headed of New Pyjamas fundraising campaign to raise cash for the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, has been suspended while alleged irregularities in campaign finances are investigated.

It was also claimed that she had kept on a job a second job at Rosslyn Chapel that the bosses at the fundraising appeal for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh didn’t know about.

But in a statement released yesterday (Tues), Ms McGonigle denied that she had done anything wrong and that she had herself raised concerns with the charity.

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Director of New Pyjamas suspended ahead of finance investigation

Elaine McGonigle (left) with Jack McConnell and George Foulkes at a New Pyjama event at the Parliament last November

By Cara Sulieman

THE director of a fundraising campaign has been suspended while the chairman has resigned amid concerns about how much money the initiative has raised.

Elaine McGonigle has been suspended from the New Pyjamas Campaign for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh ahead of crisis talks with NHS Lothian due to take place tomorrow (Wednesday).

Chairman Graeme Millar has also stepped down from his position.

NHS Lothian Chairman, Dr Charles Winstanley, said the health board called an emergency summit after expressing their “deep concern” when brought up to date on how much had been raised.

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation said they were beginning an “urgent review” of the fundraising campaign.

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