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Easter visits at Alder Hey

Easter at Alder HeyAlder Hey is extremely grateful to the many families, foundations, organisations, costumed characters and entertainers who help make Easter special for our patients.

The hospital receives a high number of requests for visits in the run up to Easter and we aim to accommodate these wherever possible.

However, our primary duty of care is always to ensure the privacy and safety of our patients, families and staff.

We understandably have procedures in place to make sure there is appropriate supervision of all those who wish to visit the hospital in costume (for example as a comic book or children’s character), to give out presents or Easter eggs, or to entertain the children and young people in our care. This includes any costumed characters, entertainers, businesses or community supporters who wish to visit the hospital atrium, outpatient clinics and hospital wards.

These procedures enable us to provide the very best experience for our patients, while minimising disruption to their care and adhering to the highest standards of safeguarding and infection prevention.

Easter eggs and other donations should be dropped into the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Office within usual opening hours. Costumed characters, entertainers and other community or corporate supporters who wish to visit our children are asked to contact the hospital’s Events and Engagement Officer to make appropriate arrangements.

Please be aware that you must be accompanied by a member of Alder Hey staff while on site and visits are limited to one hour. Location of every visit and the number of people involved must also be agreed in advance. Numbers in patient areas are extremely restricted. Foods, drinks, sweets and chocolate (including Easter Eggs!) must also not be given to children without permission of their parents and carers.

If you wish to arrange a visit to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital please contact Gill Kennedy, Events and Engagement Officer on 0151 252 5947 or gill.kennedy@alderhey.nhs.uk

Please be advised we cannot guarantee you will be allowed access to the hospital if you have not contacted us in advance.

We would also like to remind all visitors that they must not take or arrange photography or filming without permission from the hospital’s Communications Team. Any unauthorised photographers or media will be asked to leave the hospital immediately.

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