Alder Hey Children's Hospital
|Alder Hey Children's Hospital|
|Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust|
|Location||Eaton Road, Liverpool, L12 2AP|
|Affiliated university||University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency; Children's Major Trauma Centre|
Alder Hey Children's Hospital is a major national children's hospital and NHS foundation trust located in the suburb of West Derby; in the city of Liverpool, England. It is one of the largest children's hospitals in the United Kingdom and Europe, and one of several specialist hospitals located within the Liverpool City Region; alongside Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, The Walton Centre, and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
Alder Hey in the Park
2014 is Alder Hey's centenary year and the last operating from the buildings on its current site. A new Alder Hey hospital is currently being built in neighbouring Springfield Park in a £237 million pound scheme. The new hospital began construction on 26 March 2013, and will open in summer 2015 as Alder Hey in the Park. It will be Europe's only children's hospital built in a park. The original Alder Hey buildings will then mostly be demolished and the land reclaimed as new parkland for the surrounding community.
Features of the new hospital include:
- 75% of beds will be single, en-suite rooms with beds for parents
- Access to play areas, natural light and striking views of the park will be available wherever possible
- Children, young people and teenagers will have dedicated areas to play and relax
- An emphasis on next generation technology will improve healthcare - from patient entertainment systems to keeping patient records and dispensing medicines by robot
- It will be one of the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the world
Children and young people are also involved with the design of the new hospital. A drawing of a flower by teenage patient Eleanor Brogan impressed architects and inspired their final design.
The hospital was founded in 1914 and is one of the largest children's hospitals in Europe.
During the First World War, the United States Army established Camp Hospital 40 on the site, operated by Hospital Unit Q and, subsequently, Unit W. American sources commonly refer to Alder Hey as being within Liverpool's Knotty Ash area.
Alder Hey was also the first UK Centre of Excellence for Childhood Lupus and is:
- A Department of Health Centre for Head and Face Surgery
- One of four national centres for childhood epilepsy surgery, a joint service with the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
- A designated Children's Major Trauma Centre
Alder Hey has Europe’s first 3T Intraoperative MRI scanner which is a pioneering technology for neurosurgery, providing surgeons with extremely high resolution images and reducing the need for repeat operations in 90% of cases. 
Alder Hey conducts paediatric research into children’s medicines, infection, inflammation and oncology. It has research partners including the University of Liverpool and is a member of Liverpool Health Partners.
Alder Hey conducts more than 100 clinical research studies on an ongoing basis, ranging from observation to clinical trials. The hospital is within the NHS National Institute for Health Research's Top 100 Performing Trust's for participation recruitment in 2013/14.
Alder Hey was a finalist in the Clinical Research Impact category of the 2013 HSJ Awards.
Alder Hey Children’s Charity supports the work of the hospital. In addition to NHS funding which covers the running costs of the hospital, Alder Hey relies on charitable support. Funds are spent directly on initiatives in the hospital to benefit patients. It funds state of the art medical equipment, arts and play activities and vital research.
Known as the 'Imagine Appeal' until 2012, Alder Hey Children's Charity is based at the hospital site. On 14 October 2013 the charity launched a public appeal to raise £30m to fund equipment, facilities and research at Alder Hey's new hospital, Alder Hey in the Park.
In one charitably funded project, the sound recordist and musician Chris Watson was employed to devise an art project, using bird song recordings made by children to calm other young patients as they received injections and other treatments.
In 1978, the charity Art For Their Sake, a team of volunteer artists led by founder George Nicholas (now of Ormskirk, England), produced the world's longest mural in the corridors of Alder Hey Children's Hospital. A Guinness Record was set with a total of 17,963 square feet of murals, and awarded to the hospital in 1986. Nicholas and his team continued to work on these murals for a period of 30 years, adding to as well as restoring and maintaining, for a total of over 34,000 square feet.
Arts for Health
Alder Hey runs an Arts for Health programme, funded entirely through charitable sources including Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
The programme aims to enhance the experience of being a patient and includes animation projects, music and dance therapy, creative writing, comedy workshops and storytelling.
Alder Hey was the first hospital to:
- Test Penicillin, saving a child from Pneumonia in 1944
- Establish a neonatal unit in the UK
- Cure the UK’s most commonly encountered congenital heart defect
- Pioneer various splints and appliances, including the Thomas Splint
- Introduce ‘liquid glass’ to reduce infection
- Be accredited by the World Health Organisation for public health promotion
International Child Health Development Programme
An international child health development programme led by Alder Hey clinicians focuses on humanitarian work in developing countries. The programme includes provision of immediate medical support, knowledge sharing and involvement with international clinical trials.
In 1999 an enquiry was instituted to investigate the hospital's practices in respect of removal and retention of human tissue. The enquiry had far-reaching effects throughout the UK hospital system (see Alder Hey organs scandal for more details).
In October 2013 the Care Quality Commission's Intelligent Monitoring system placed Alder Hey in category one, meaning it would be amongst the first hospitals to be inspected under a new style of inspection.
On 21 and 22 May 2014 Alder Hey was inspected by the Care Quality Commission.
- NHS Choices
- Alder Hey in the Park
- Alder Hey - Becoming a Foundation Trust
- Alder Hey - About Us
- Liverpool Health Partners - our Partners
- NHS National Institute for Health Research - Top 100 Performing Trusts
- Research at Alder Hey
- HSJ Awards shortlist, 2013
- Alder Hey Children's Charity launches £30m appeal
- New £3m children's hospital scanner targets tumours, 10 December 2009
- Moss, Stephen (24 August 2010). "Birdsong: the cure for all ills?". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
- "Imagine Appeal - Alder Hey Arts". Retrieved 25 August 2010.
- Arts for Health at Alder Hey
- International Child Health Development Programme
- Hospital Intelligent Monitoring - What is Intelligent Monitoring?
- "NHS Trusts put in risk categories - full list". Independent. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
Media related to Alder Hey Hospital at Wikimedia Commons
- Hospital website
- Archival material relating to Alder Hey Children's Hospital listed at the UK National Archives