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Complaints service

More than anything, we want what we do to be the very best that can be done. If you are unhappy about any aspect of treatment or service you and your child has received from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, we want to know. Please tell us.

Making a complaint or raising a concern will not adversely affect the treatment and care your child receives.

A complaint can be made by a patient or person affected or likely to be affected by the actions or decisions of the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

A complaint can also be made by someone acting on behalf of the patient or person, with their consent. Please contact the Complaints team:

  • Email complaints@alderhey.nhs.uk
  • Call 0151 252 5374
  • Write to Complaints Team, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP 

But what if I am unhappy with the hospital’s response?


We will always do our best to act on what you tell us, and make good any shortcomings you feel there are. But if you are still unhappy, the NHS is committed to listening to patients and families who want to complain about a hospital’s decision. The Health Service Ombudsman is responsible for this “second tier” of health-related complaint handling, and can be contacted at:

  • Email phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk
  • Call the Complaints Helpline 0345 015 4033
  • Write to Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP

You are also able to get independent help and advice by contacting the Healthwatch Independent Complaints Advocacy service on 0808 801 0389.

Upheld complaints

As a Trust, we are committed to continuously improving and learning from the complaints made by our patients and their families/carers. We are sorry when things go wrong or when the patient did not receive the standard of care we expect to deliver.

All complaints are fully investigated and the lessons learned are shared amongst the teams involved and across the Trust to avoid similar situations arising.

For all of the complaints that we uphold we are happy to share a synopsis of lessons we need to learn and/or specific actions we need to take.

You can also download our Complaints and PALS Annual Report 2016-17.

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