Deaconess Hospital
NHS Lothian
Deaconess Hospital
Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh is located in Edinburgh
Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh
Shown in Edinburgh
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland.
Coordinates55°56′43″N 3°11′02″W / 55.9453°N 3.1838°W / 55.9453; -3.1838
Other linksList of hospitals in Scotland

The Deaconess Hospital was a health facility in Edinburgh, Scotland.


The hospital, which was established as part of an initiative by Professor Archibald Charteris to provide nursing training for deaconesses, was opened in 1894.[1] The site chosen was adjacent to St Ninian's Mission which Charteris had established three years earlier.[1] After being substantially rebuilt in the early 1930s, the hospital was officially re-opened by the Duke and Duchess of York in December 1936.[1]

The hospital joined the National Health Service in 1948 and closed in 1990.[1] It served as the headquarters of NHS Lothian until the health board moved to Waverley Gate in 2010.[2] It was converted into student accommodation for the University of Edinburgh in 2014.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "History of Deaconess Hospital". Lothian Health Services Archive. Archived from the original on 30 August 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Old hospital transformed into student flats". Edinburgh Evening News. 5 April 2014. Archived from the original on 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ "A brief look at the history of the Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh, 1894–1990" (PDF). Journal of the Royal College of Physicians. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.