Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma

Soft tissue knee service

Primarily based at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the soft tissue knee service also provides services at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and two sports injury clinics.

The Lothian Soft Tissue Knee Service is a group of orthopaedic surgeons with a particular interest in knee problems and surgery. We are able to provide expertise in a wide range of disorders, including:

  • paediatric knee problems
  • acute knee injuries
  • chronic knee disorders

Although based primarily at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the knee service extends to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and to St. John's Hospital in Livingston. We also work closely with two sports injury clinics in the region.

In conjunction with each clinic, there is a physiotherapy knee clinic which is run by a full-time, dedicated physiotherapist-practitioner.

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

The Acute Knee Injury Service is a highly effective screening system. Significant knee injuries are rapidly identified and fast-tracked for appropriate surgical intervention, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and complex multi-ligament reconstructions.

We also provide orthopaedic cover in the Fitness Assessment and Sports Injury Clinic (FASIC) based at the University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise.

St. John's Hospital, Livingston

The knee service for West Lothian is provided on three levels:

  • orthopaedic out-patient clinic
  • GP phone-in service: general practitioners can discuss patients with acute knee injuries and cases likely to benefit from early assessment and rehabilitation at the knee injury clinic.
  • West Lothian Sports Injury Clinic: knee referrals are also seen at this nationally-accredited sports injury clinic at St John's Hospital.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children

We can offer a wealth of experience in the management of paediatric and adolescent knee problems. Particular interests include knee arthroscopy and meniscal repair as well as the management of osteochondritis dissecans and patellar disorders.


  • Mr GEM Lawson
  • Mr MJ McDonald
  • Mr JF Keating