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Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

College Tutor

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

Dr Karen Edgar



College Tutor

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

Dr Niv Aedla




South-East Scotland

Unit name

Simpson’s Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

Number of deliveries/ year

Approximately 7000

College tutor(s)

Dr Karen Edgar (karen.edgar@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk)

Dr Niv Aedla (niv.aedla@nhslothain.scot.nhs.uk)

Rota coordinator (name and email)

Dr Alex Rice (ST2-7) and Dr Andy Pearson (ST1/FY2/GPST)

rie.regrota@gmail.com (will be changing to an NHS Lothian email soon)

Rota structure (tier 1: FY2/GPST/ST1-2, tier 2: ST3-7)

Daytime: two tier 2 doctors +/- additional ST2

Out of hours: two tier 2 doctors

ST2s on separate rota (no night shifts)

Main site and any additional posts covered in rotation (eg. For clinics or day surgery)

Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

Peripheral Clinics at East Lothian Community Hospital, Leith Treatment Centre, Western General Hospital

ATSMs/subspecialty training posts offered.

Acute Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy

High Risk pregnancy

Fetal Medicine

Obstetric Medicine


Medical Education



Forensic Gynaecology


Subspecialty Posts: Gynae Oncology, Reproductive Medicine, Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Abortion Care

Benign gynaecology (open and laparoscopic)

Laparoscopic surgery

Vulval disease



Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology

Sexual Health

Labour ward Lead


Specialist services.

Gynae Oncology

Reproductive Medicine

Fetal Medicine

Metabolic Antenatal Clinic

Preterm Birth Clinic

Maternal Medicine Clinic


What day of the week is departmental teaching?

Educational meetings (see below) mostly happen on Friday afternoons

How to get there.

Car (currently free parking), bus (direct or Park and Ride from Sheriffhall), bicycle (locked bike shelters available)

Top Five things you need to know.

  • Lots of exposure to, and experience in, management of high risk Obstetric patients, with supportive two tier Labour Ward rota (Consultant Obstetricians resident until midnight daily)
  • Tertiary referral centre for Gynae Oncology, Reproductive Medicine and Obstetrics
  • Plenty of experience available in managing acute gynaecological emergencies, e.g. ectopic pregnancy
  • Regular educational meetings e.g. weekly Perinatal meeting and CTG meetings, monthly Obstetric “Lessons Learned”, Gynae M&M and Risk Management meetings
  • Free accommodation for rest after on-calls on request


This page was last updated on: 03.11.2021 at 10.12