Alder Hey Children's Hospital

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Alder Hey is the busiest children's hospital in EuropeEvery 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. Later this summer we will open a purpose built hospital in the park next door to our current site.

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.

Our future – Alder Hey in the Park

It’s an exciting time for Alder Hey. 2014 was our 100th birthday and the last full year we will operate from our current hospital site. In summer 2015 we move to a brand new hospital in a park next to our existing site, and there’s nothing like it anywhere else in Europe.

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. Or you might like to see what we’re planning for the new Alder Hey in the Park.

Alder Hey Children's CharityWe couldn’t do any of this without the help of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity, who raise money to help us buy lifesaving medical equipment and fund research into children’s issues.

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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