Ronald McDonald House Edinburgh

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About this House

We've been working with NHS Lothian to provide a new, 25 bedroom Ronald McDonald House for families of children being treated at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh when it opens. 

Our ‘home away from home’ accommodation is on the top floor of the new children’s hospital where families can stay free of charge and for as long as they need. The new Ronald McDonald House is expected to look after as many as 500 families each year. It has communal areas such as lounges, kitchens, laundry facilities and a playroom, and every bedroom has a telephone directly linked to the children’s wards.

The House is due to open in 2019.

While NHS Lothian is meeting the expense of the hospital itself, the £3.5 million cost of building the extra facility, together with the annual £300,000 running costs, is being met by Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The ambitious project has received a significant boost with more than £3 million donated by McDonald’s restaurants in Scotland.

The money has been raised through the statutory levy on carrier bags paid by McDonald’s customers in Scotland.  Although there is no requirement for businesses to pass the money on to charities, restaurants in Scotland have decided to donate all monies raised via the bag levy since 2014 to help fund the construction of the new House. 

Janice MacKenzie, NHS Lothian Clinical Director for Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, said: “To have access to high quality accommodation where the whole family can stay will make a huge difference to the experience for families coping with a sick child in hospital. We are deeply grateful to Ronald McDonald House Charities for supporting our families through the provision of this facility.”

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Can you help us keep families together in Edinburgh? We are looking for community partners to help support the new House. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact Lisa at or Robyn at

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