Alder Hey Children's Hospital

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Every year we care for over 270,000 children, young people and their families and we lead research into children’s medicines, infection, inflammation and oncology. We moved to our new Alder Hey in the Park in early October 2015.

We know that a children’s hospital is different and that our job is more than just treating an illness. At Alder Hey we are here to look after a child and their family and that includes mums, dads, brothers and sisters.

We treat everything from common illnesses to highly complex and specialist conditions from our main hospital site in Liverpool and across community sites and clinics throughout the North West.

We are…

  • A Centre of Excellence for cancer, as well as spinal, heart and brain conditions
  • A Department of Health Centre for Head and Face Surgery
  • A Centre of Excellence for Muscular Dystrophy and the first UK Centre of Excellence for Childhood Lupus
  • 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
  • We have Europe’s only intra-operative 3-T MRI scanner which is a pioneering technology for neurosurgery, reducing repeat operations in 90% of cases

A bit more about us

You may like to read about what to expect when you visit Alder Hey, or about our wide range of services.

Alder Hey Children's CharityAlder Hey Children’s Charity have raised over £20m to support Alder Hey in the Park, funding life-saving medical equipment, research and vital facilities. The Charity is now fundraising pioneering research and to make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class hospital for the 270,000 patients and families we see each year.

In 2014, we turned 100 years old and we are proud of our history and innovation in children’s health and wellbeing. We were the first 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 famous Thomas Splint
  • Introduce ‘liquid glass’ to reduce infection
  • Be accredited by the World Health Organisation for public health promotion

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