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Mum Nicola with JaydaThe Littlewoods Paediatric Neurology Ward is a is a 14-bed ward with nine beds, four cubicles and a telemetry suite and provides rehabilitation and care to children with Neurological conditions, as well as general medical patients up to the age of 18 years.

The Paediatric Neurology Ward is the tertiary care in-patient facility with trained nursing staff for assessment and treatment of acute and rapidly evolving neurological disorders in children including intractable epilepsy, movement disorders, neurological infections, neurodegenerative disorders and neuromuscular conditions. The ward is also the neurorehabilitation facility for children admitted acutely to the neurology and neurosurgical wards who require in-patient rehabilitation prior to discharge back to their home or local hospital. Specific ward features include a video telemetry cubicle for electroencephalography, therapy rooms, and an educational rehabilitation unit classroom for in-patients and those re-integrating into their local school.

The paediatric neurology department is a tertiary care facility for Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and wider areas in the North West. The department deals with acute and rapidly evolving disorders requiring in-patient or out-patient assessment. Referral access to local GPs is provided for outpatient consults is currently being offered, however the focus and direction of the department is tertiary care in partnership with a network of secondary care paediatricians operating in a hub-and-spoke manner.


  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Head Injury Rehabilitation
  • General medicine

Our team

  • Five Senior Nurses
  • Fifteen Staff Nurses
  • One Trainee Assistant Practitioner
  • Four Health Care Assistants
  • One Housekeeper
  • One Play Specialist

Your comments and experiences

  • My daughter was transferred from ormskirk hospital on life support following a status epileptus seizure. The staff were amazing we were in 8 days. The care and support you all have me and my husband and daughter was world class. You all put my mind at rest and at ease. You all do an amazing job and thanyou for saving my daughters life. For appointments we saw Doctor Spinty in outpatients who was very down to earth. Answered all our questions and even played with our children. Thank you 😊 my daughter was on epilepsy medication for two years and now is seizure free.

  • Thanks a lot for providing such a excellent epilepsy team in Liverpool which include many epilepsy consultants and nurses. I can tell that they have very good experience and communication when it is comes to patient status and treatment options. So Thank you very much..

  • We attended for nerve conduction studies back in July 2017. Our 3 year old son had just been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome at Wirral hospital. The tests performed at Alder Hey gave the definitive diagnosis. Dr Kneen agreed to see us which we were not expecting as she was in meetings. Dr Kneen was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and made us truly feel that she cared, this was very comforting. She assessed our son and recommended a treatment which was provided at our local Wirral Hospital. Our Son has made a miraculous recovery which has astounded both us and our local doctors. We would very much like to thank Dr Kneen for her kindness, support and care and ask that she recognised for this. Thank you so much Dr Kneen, kind regards Zoe, Jon and little Sam x

  • Would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, health assistants, student nurses, cleaning staff and the development staff in 4b. My daughter Sorcha went one week of age and has been discharged at 11weeks of age. During her time there she was treated with the best care. I have to say the level of care and attention she received was amazing. Also the support both me and my husband received was brilliant. Couldn’t of wished for better treatment. Thank you to all the staff in the ward. We felt like you were all part of Sorcha’s family and could not have wished for better treatment of my baby. We would not have managed without you all. Thank you all xx

  • We would like to thank the wonderful care received over the past couple off days given to our daughter Lucy on ward 4a the care was out off this world, huge thank you to Amy Hannah student nurse Emily and everyone else that took time to explain everything to Lucy and ourselves absolutely outstanding team xx the ward was spotless and the staff were so smiley. thank you once again
    Karen and Eric xxxx not forgetting Lucy xxxx

  • following our sons recent epilepsy diagnosis we met with Dr Kneen, clinic ran like clockwork no delays no excess waiting, as this was all very new to us Dr Kneen was excellent, we felt at ease and felt we were given the time to really discuss and ask questions, truly thankful to an amazing team!

  • Thank you so much to all the Neurology and Ward 4A team.Our little boy was rushed in for an urgent operation and the level of care and support we received was world class. He bounced back so quickly and you wouldn’t even know he had his operation.

  • There are no words to describe how amazing these doctors an nurses are. An how much 1 to 1 care they gave my son an every other child. ANGELS. Ward 4A

  • I was on hold trying to phone switchboard for 10 mins!!! I find this absolutely unacceptable and appalling really! Something must be done as I am a doctor who was trying to refer a patient to the hospital and this is really a poor service by the hospital switchboard

  • We researched all the different surgery options for our baby girl and chose Alder Hey, and we were absolutely amazed by the whole experience. As traumatic as it was, we couldn’t have been in better hands and Mr Parkes and the team did a truly incredible job. She bounced back unbelievably quickly and now there is barely a scar to be seen!!

  • The care my daughter received during her stay for 48 hour video telemetry was excellent all the staff were amazing and made her stay a pleasent one Thankyou

  • Would like to thank Dr Curran and staff for the amazing care given to our son. You are always helpful whenever we have a problem and will always make sure you get back to us as quick as possible when needed.

  • The experience my daughter Molly had was amazing. If it wasn’t for Benedetta Pettorini and Baz I don’t know what would of happened. I owe my life to these two and all the nurses in HDU. Thank you so much

  • I couldn’t of wished for a better care team to look after my daughter ( lead by Dr spinty ) the whole ward gave my daughter and myself brilliant care thank you isn’t enough for them or felt like home from home

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