Alder Hey in the Park
As a world leader in healthcare and research, we’ve built something amazing – a brand new Alder Hey in the Park, with a design inspired by children.
A hospital built entirely in a park is something new in the treatment and care of children. It’s not just a first for the UK, there’s nothing like it anywhere in Europe. We are moving into our new building from Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th October – please read this important information.
Here’s how we built Alder Hey in the Park:
Help make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world class, patient-friendly hospital
Alder Hey Children’s Charity provides vital funds to make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital – making a crucial difference to the 270,000 patients and families who visit Alder Hey every year.
A gift of £3 a month would fund medical research and innovation, as well as making Alder Hey in the Park a truly child-friendly environment.
Designed through the eyes of a child
We listened carefully to children who shared their own vision for the new hospital and thousands of families took part in one of the NHS’s biggest ever public consultations. In fact, many suggestions like better access to fresh air and nature have been included in the plans and it was a drawing by 15-year-old Eleanor Brogan that impressed architects and inspired their final design. The team have continued to work closely with young people to get their input, and our Children’s and Young People’s Forum recently helped to recruit an artist to work on the hospital’s interior design. Once the new Alder Hey opens, a Children’s Board will take an active role in the hospital and make sure that young people are given a voice.
A hospital of the future
Building a new hospital doesn’t happen very often, so this is an exciting project for the north west and beyond. The current Alder Hey is still a great hospital with world-class staff, but at 99 years old we no longer have room to grow. A new start will allow us to use all our research and expertise to give children and families the best possible hospital experience in Europe. Alder Hey in the Park will be an exciting place to be – inviting, warm, happy, calming and educational, essentially a home-from-home for children who need care. It will have spacious wards where patients can enjoy privacy and dignity with plenty of space to accommodate parents. We’ll have vastly improved clinic areas, education and research facilities, new operating theatres and a new A&E.
- 75% of beds will be single, en-suite rooms with pull-out 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
- Next generation technology will improve the way we deliver healthcare – from keeping patient records to dispensing medicines by robot
What we’ll do with the old hospital
When we’ve finished building in Springfield Park – next to our current buildings – we’ll demolish the old hospital, recycling around 95% of the material. We’ll transform the site into new parkland, handing back to the community the green space we ‘borrowed’ for the new Alder Hey.