Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is set to move into its brand new building next month. The entire hospital will relocate during a five day move from 2nd to 6th October.
The new state-of-the-art hospital, Alder Hey in the Park, has been designed with the help of children and young people. It will have 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds for patients in ICU, HDU and Burns, together with 16 digitally enhanced operating theatres. The majority of children and their families will have their own room with en-suite facilities and each ward will have its own kitchen providing freshly cooked food to order.
Europe’s only hospital in a park, the unique design of the building will provide a pleasant healing environment for children and young people. Almost all bedrooms have park views and patients will have easy access to play areas on and outside their ward. Alder Hey’s old buildings will be demolished and replaced by parkland, leaving a new hospital sitting in the heart of Springfield Park with views of green space or parkland from every patient’s window.
The move to the new building has been meticulously planned over the past 12 months to ensure a safe and smooth transition for Alder Hey patients and their families. During the moving period, planned activity has been reduced but emergency services including Alder Hey’s Emergency Department will remain open.
Jude Adams, Chief Operating Office at Alder Hey said: “We have reduced all non-emergency activity during the move to our new hospital. However, our Emergency Department will remain open, officially relocating to its new home in the early hours of Sunday 4th October. Clear wayfinding and staff support for families will be in place for all those attending the Department during this time.
“This is an exciting time for everyone at Alder Hey as we move into our new world class facility. Moving a hospital from one location to another is obviously a challenging experience so we ask our patients and families for their patience during this time. The health and well-being of our patients will remain paramount throughout and we have planned the move very carefully to ensure transition is as safe and smooth as possible.”
Dr Mary Ryan, Consultant, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, added “We have a detailed plan in place to ensure that those patients who need emergency treatment over our move period receive the care they need. However I urge all families, not just over this period, to think about whether they need to bring their child to hospital. Often they can be seen and treated elsewhere without having to wait in the emergency department where we have to prioritise the sickest children first.”