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placeholder3We are proud to have a dedicated surgical neonatal unit, the first to be opened in the UK and one of only 5 in the country. Within this unit we provide specialist care for newborn babies who require surgery born in Liverpool and the surrounding areas, and from wider areas of the Northwest and North Wales.

Our Neonatal Unit was set up in the 1950’s and has looked after thousands of babies with many different conditions. Many of the babies cared for on the Unit have had or will require a surgical procedure.

Our Consultant Surgeons are trained in the full range of neonatal surgery, performing operations for correction of congenital problems such as abdominal wall defects, oesophageal atresia, diaphragmatic hernia, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung’s disease, neonatal tumours, urological conditions and imperforate anus. We have strong links with local and regional medical neonatal units, and provide surgical care for premature infants in the region.

Our team of highly skilled nurses are expert at caring for babies with airway, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. They are trained in post-operative care and pain relief for the newborn and in managing feeding problems and stomas. In addition to this, important input from specialised dieticians, pharmacists and speech therapists is always available.

Our nurses are also adept at supporting parents and families through the very stressful experience of having a newborn baby who needs surgery. We are keen to promote breastfeeding and have facilities and expertise to help new mums to express breastmilk. A midwife regularly visits the hospital for post-delivery assessments. If, during pregnancy, the baby is diagnosed with a problem which may require surgery, our friendly and approachable staff are happy to arrange parental visits to the unit.

Contact Details

Neonatal Unit
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Eaton Road
Liverpool
L12 2AP
0151 252 5378

Your comments and experiences

  • On the 9th January 2017 our beautiful baby boy was born. Hours after birth he was took to alderhey children’s hospital for his operation due to gastroschisis. Following that he came back to Liverpool women’s to stay with me, his mummy until we were both discharged from there and he could continue his recovery back at alderhey.
    At 3 days old he took a bed on ward 1c yellow. The care, attention and love the staff showed him was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for anything more for my perfect little man that I just wanted to take home. 2 weeks there and he had made a full recovery and was feeding so well they said he could come home!
    Thank you to all the nurses and surgeons for all your help and support during the time we spent there. James’ dad couldn’t always stay as he had to work so being away from home (stoke on trent) on my own and having a baby that needed so much attention initially was difficult. I couldn’t have coped without the encouragement I received myself.
    I’d like to say a big thank you to the nurses who stood out to me.. Colin, who encouraged his feeds. Donna, who supported myself a lot.
    Finally, Olivia, who acted as a friend to me and absolutely made the experience so much easier. Thank you all so much.
    James Lawtons mum (soon to be registered James Oakley Black!) Michaela x

  • Such a brilliant place. The neonatal unit become our home for nearly 8 weeks. The staff were absolutely brilliant. Can’t thank them enough for the care they gave my baby girl ruby.

  • Our grandson Leo Rossetti Anderson was transferred from Liverpool women’s. The staff consultants and all neo natal care staff have been excellent showing such care and kindness to my daughter Elizabeth.

  • My daughter was born on the 5th November and was admitted to alder hey between the 6th and 19th November this year. I will never be able to express how grateful I am to the staff at the hospital for all they did for my daughter.

    Mr Kenny was fantastic and not only performed the surgery my daughter required but also took the time to telephone me and discuss the operation she needed. I will be forever grateful to Mr Kenny and his team for all they did for my baby.

    The nurses on ward 1c were also amazing. The care and attention they showed towards my daughter was second to none and more than I could have hoped for and provided me with confidence in the hospital.

    However it is not just the care they showed towards my baby that stands out but also the compassion they showed towards my husband and I, in what was the most difficult time of my life.

    I also saw the midwife, Mrs Dunbar during our time at Alder Hey and she was very caring and patient and I felt that nothing was too much trouble for her.

    The volunteers at the hospital were fantastic and helped my husband locate the ward that my daughter was admitted to when he first arrived at the hospital.

    The facilities at the hospital were also brilliant, everything from the free hot meals I was entitled to, to the car parking arrangements. I cannot explain how difficult it is to be driving around a car park for hours on end looking for a space when all you want to do is be with your baby but this did not happen at Alder Hey and to be able to park all day for £2.00 is brilliant.

    My thanks also goes to the cafeteria staff, who were so friendly.

    The room my daughter stayed in was incredibly comfortable and meant that I was able to stay with my daughter for most of the day, even though I was recovering from a Caesarean section.

    My experience at Alder Hey made the darkest days of my life, seem brighter and they could not have done more for my family. We will be forever grateful.

  • 7 Years ago today my grandson was born with gastroschisis and admitted to ICU then surgical neonatal unit, which was our home for the next 10 weeks. Following 3 operations and lots of care by Doctors, Nurses and all ward staff. He is now a healthy & handsome seven year old. We will always be grateful to Alder Hey, and never forget your hard work.
    Happy Birthday Jake.

  • A massive thankyou to all the nurses and surgeon Harriet. My daughter was born at 28 weeks and had nec at 7 weeks. I believe the nurses and surgeon saved my little girls life not only with medical care but talking and playing with my little girl, they really do go the extra mile.

  • My newborn premature baby was rushed up to Alder Hey for surgery and then stayed in N1 for 4weeks the staff were impeccable and made us feel at ease in such hard times. Thank you so much and it will be forever grateful!

  • The staff on N3 were outstanding couldn’t fault a thing they did went above and beyond to ensure the upmost care for our son he was there for 3 weeks in 2014 and making me and my partner so comfortable and confident out son was in the best place for treatment and care thank you x

  • My child was cared for at the neonatal unit in june 2000. Amazing was the care she and i recived. There was a nurse called lisa an she gave me faith!!! An helped me choose my baby girls name xxxxxx Thankyou x

  • My daughter was a patient on N3 for 9 weeks in 2007. The care was excellent. We had a very rocky road during our daughter’s treatment and recovery and I could not fault the support we all received as a family.

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