Surgery at Alder Hey
Alder Hey is one of the largest paediatric hospitals in Europe and offers a broad range of surgical specialities. Children and young people from across the North of England routinely come to Alder Hey for surgery; we also treat patients from across the UK and worldwide.
Patient safety is taken extremely seriously at Alder Hey and we are proud to be a World Health Organisation (WHO) Safe Surgery Site. The most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection focussed on safety in surgery at Alder Hey and rated it as ‘good’. It noted that all the theatre teams followed the ‘five steps to safer surgery’ procedures and adherence to WHO guidelines was monitored through routine audits. You can read the CQC report in full.
The hospital is a Centre of Excellence for cancer, spinal, cardiac and brain conditions. The large number of patients that we see means that our consultants and surgeons are specialists in the procedures they carry out and the care that they offer; improving outcomes for our patients. Alder Hey consultants offer their expertise to other Trusts by running clinics and carrying out procedures in their regions.
The cardiac service is one of the most successful paediatric cardiac centres in the UK and has an enviable reputation. Over 400 congenital heart disease surgeries are carried out every year on neonatal babies, children and young adults from across Northern England. the team of expert clinicians providing high quality care and world-class surgical outcomes.
Alder Hey is a Designated National Centre for cranio-facial surgery; one of four national paediatric epilepsy surgical centres; a paediatric extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) centre and a regional centre for burns. The neonatal surgical unit was the first to be established in the UK and is still one of only five in the country.
Our new operating theatres have been designed with input from patients to make the experience the best it can be. Thanks to strategic partnerships with multi-national technological companies and donations from Alder Hey Children’s Charity the state-of-the-art theatres have the latest equipment available to improve and advance the procedures that are offered to patients.
Find out about the work of our different departments:
- Cardiac surgery
- Cleft Lip and Palate
- Day case surgery
- Epilepsy Surgery
- General Surgery and Urology
- Neonatal Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Plastic and Burns Surgery