NHS Lothian launch new website for its Children's Services

NHS Lothian has launched a new, purpose-built website for its Children’s Services.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 11:37 am
The Royal Hospital for Children & Young People
The Royal Hospital for Children & Young People

The site (children.nhslothian.scot) was designed in collaboration with children and young people, their families, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Family Council and NHS staff.

It is packed with useful information to help support the health and wellbeing of children and young people across Lothian and will also provide vital information for those attending appointments.

NHS Lothian worked with Passion4Social, a social enterprise that nurtures the talent of people with disabilities, to develop and build the site with funding made available through Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.

Tobias Tipper, service manager for Children’s Services at NHS Lothian said: “It really is fantastic to see the hard work and dedication of the patients, families and staff involved in this project come to life.

"We have created a site that is not only fun and interactive, but tailored to really meet the needs of children, young people and adults alike.

“A new website has been an aspiration for the service for a number of years, and we have ambitious plans for its continued development.

"I hope it will become an invaluable resource for children, young people and their families who are seeking health information, support and guidance.”

Through a series of engagement workshops and questionnaires, the views of children and young people, their families, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Family Council and NHS staff were sought.

Passion4Social managing director Thiago Carmo said: “This has been the most important opportunity in our short history. It has given us a platform to show our branding, design, and web-design skills; as well as allowing our diverse workforce to thrive.

"We can only thank NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital charity for trusting us to deliver this amazing website that will contribute towards the health of children and young people across Lothian not just now, but for years to come.”

Two new social media channels (LothianChildHealth on Facebook and @LothianChildren on Twitter) have also been launched.

The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People will fully open on Tuesday.