South East Scotland Neurological Services

NHS Scotland

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    In-patient specialist neurorehabilitation services


The Rehabilitation Service includes in-patient services at the Astley Ainslie Hospital:

  • The Charles Bell Unit - which provides intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation for people from across Scotland who have had a period of acute care following a brain injury or other neurological disorder  

  • The Lanfine Unit -which provides multidisciplinary rehabilitation for people with progressive neurological conditions from across Lothian as in-patients or as out-patients.


There is also a unit at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

  • The Robert Fergusson Unit which provides an inpatient service for people with acquired brain injury who have behavioural difficulties.  It is a specialist unit which takes referrals from across the whole of Scotland including Lothian.  It will occasionally take people with progressive neurological conditions such as Huntington's where there is a need for a specialist neurobehavioural approach.



Out-patient specialist neurorehabilitation services


A specialist multidisciplinary neurorehabilitation outpatient service is available at the Astley Ainslie Hospital for patients from across the whole of Lothian.  



Spasticity Management Clinic, Multidisciplinary clinic

Dr A Nelson, Rehabilitation Consultant

Astley Ainslie Hospital



West Lothian Community Rehabilitation And Brain Injury Service (CRABIS)


The West Lothian Community Rehabilitation & Brain Injury Service provides community based specialist assessment and rehabilitation for people in West Lothian  over the age of 16 years who have a disability   including neurological conditions/ an acquried brain injury.


Hydrotherapy Pool


There is a Hydrotherapy Pool at Astley Ainslie Hospital situated within the Physiotherapy Department in the Scientific Block. This resource is used to provide both in and out-patient rehabilitation. Other NHS services and third sector organisations also access the pool for specific sessions.


Physiotherapists assess in-patients and refer them for hydrotherapy if this form of treatment is appropriate.  


Out-patient referrals are accepted from other physiotherapists who have undertaken appropriate assessments. External groups may be able to access the resource by contacting the Physiotherapy Manager on 0131 537 9160.


The SMART Centre


The South-East Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre is located in Astley Ainslie Hospital and provides a wide range of rehabilitation technology services for the South East of Scotland, covering Lothian, Fife and the Borders. These include mobility and postural services (wheelchairs and special seating), prosthetics, and bioengineering services (artificial limbs and special equipment), a Disabled Living Centre and Gait Analysis Service. We also provide the national Driving Assessment Service.  SMART also provides orthotics services for Lothian residents only.


With the exception of the Disabled Living Centre (DLC) all the SMART services require an initial professional referral from a consultant, GP or Allied Health Professional such as a physiotherapist.  For the DLC individuals can contact the service directly by telephone on 0131 537 9190 or in writing to make an appointment.


Further information about the SMART Centre can be obtained from:


Astley Ainslie Hospital Guide

The Astley Ainslie Hospital Guide can be found here:

Astley Ainslie Hospital Guide


Click here for more information about the Astley Ainslie Hospital services, visiting times and how to get there.


How to contact us:

For enquiries about the services, please contact us at:

Rehabilitation Service

Astley Ainslie Hospital

133 Grange Loan



Tel No: 0131 537 9204



Visiting times in the rehabilitation wards are between 2.00pm – 8.00pm but please check with the nursing staff on the specific ward as there is some variation on these times to allow patients to have their meals without interruption (called ‘protected mealtimes’).


Public Transport Links

Astley Ainslie Hospital

There are no direct bus routes to Astley Ainslie Hospital.  The closest bus stops served by Lothian Buses are:

Morningside Road: routes 5, 11, 16, 23

Strathearn Road: route 5

Kilgraston Road: route 41


Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Robert Fergusson Unit)

There are no direct bus routes to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.  The closest bus stops are in Morningside Road: routes 5, 11, 16, 23



There is parking available in Astley Ainslie Hospital with disabled parking spaces at each of the buildings.  Alternatively there is non-metered parking on the public roads to the south of the site and metered parking available in the public roads just out with the site.


Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Robert Fergusson Unit)

There is parking available in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital with disabled parking spaces at each of the buildings.  Alternatively there is metered parking available in the public roads just out with the site.



All the buildings are wheelchair accessible with ramp access and disabled toilets.  Lifts are available in the buildings which are on more than one floor.


If you require assistance to access a service please contact the specific service.


Links to useful websites

SMART Centre:

The Heart Manual:


Edinburgh Headway:

The Murray Foundation:




























Useful Links







SMART Centre



Edinburgh Headway












Specialist Neurorehabilitation Services