Surgery at Alder Hey
Surgical care has been further enhanced with new purpose-built theatres. The new theatres, surgical day case unit and inpatient units have been carefully designed around clinical and patient requirements.
Alder Hey has 16 theatres, 2 dedicated recovery units and 2 treatment rooms which are used for dental and laser procedures. Four theatres are dedicated to day case patients; there is a cardiac catheter room, a dedicated emergency theatre and one dedicated for burns and plastic surgery. All of these facilities are contained in one large unit which is on the same floor as our intensive care, high dependency and cardiac wards. This gives Alder Hey the largest critical care floor in Europe, with all the facilities our most poorly patients need in one place.
A team of almost 200 theatre staff are responsible for the running of these theatres. Currently 15 of the 16 theatres are in full use, the final one, due for completion in summer 2016, will be the first multi-speciality paediatric hybrid theatre in the world. The advantages of a hybrid theatre are that it has all the equipment in one place to scan and operate on a critically ill patient with multiple issues or injuries.
A purpose built inpatient lounge means that children having elective operations can come into hospital on the day of their procedure without having to be in a clinical setting first; this reduces their anxiety and the length of time of their overall stay. More information is available for patients coming in to hospital in your visit on our home page.