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9th Jun 2020
Alder Hey to Develop Unique Children’s Healthcare Campus Within Reinstated Springfield Park
Alder Hey’s ambition to create Europe’s first dedicated children and young people’s healthcare campus in a park continues at pace, with building starting on a new home for our community paediatric and mental health services.
As part of our wider vision to create a beacon of excellence for children’s health in ‘Alder Hey in the Park’, our new Community Cluster will include new mental health and neurodevelopmental outpatient facilities and a brand new twelve bed specialist inpatient mental health Unit, alongside other cross dependent health services. The buildings will also feature therapeutic gardens, undercroft parking and a community police hub.
Located right next door to our state-of-the art specialist hospital and within modern, child-friendly buildings, the new facility will bring together a cross dependent group of services including neurodevelopmental, psychology and specialist mental health services. Locating these services together will support health professionals to work together more effectively to deliver outstanding care and improved outcomes for children, young people and their families.
The enhanced provision of specialist mental health services will increase current available inpatient bed capacity and enable more children and young people to be seen and treated quickly by experienced, specialist health professionals. The Cluster will also enable our neurodevelopmental community services to link more closely with its specialist hospital services, enhancing care for children and young people with complex health conditions.
Lisa Cooper, Director of Alder Hey’s Community and Mental Health Services said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our specialist community and mental health services to work together at Alder Hey to ensure our children, young people and families with complex conditions can access a range of specialist services in a child friendly environment. For our children and young people with mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions, this will ensure that their needs are met in an environment that equally supports both mental and physical health.”
The Trust has appointed construction group Galliford Try to commence work on the new buildings. Leigh Carter, Healthcare Lead for Galliford Try North West, said: “We are looking forward to working with Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and providing a facility that meets the users and patients’ needs. We understand the importance of providing a facility that is both functional, but attractive, and we have been challenged to design and build a facility that will provide the users a first-class working environment and deliver an excellent patient experience.”
The Community Cluster is the latest development on the our campus which already includes a specialist state-of-the-art children’s hospital, a dedicated research, education and innovation centre, an Innovation Hub, an NIHR Clinical Research Facility and the ‘Alder Hey Academy’.
Alongside these facilities, a new specialist bereavement centre ‘The Alder Centre’ is nearing completion, described as ‘A Place Like No Other’. We also have plans to build a new Neonatal Unit on site, as we continue to work closely with the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust to improve neonatal care as part of the Liverpool Neonatal Partnership.
A key part of Alder Hey’s vision is that our campus is surrounded by a fully restored Springfield Park; an enhanced safe and secure green space where children and young people can play and that also supports the wider wellbeing of the local community. Groundwork Cheshire and Merseyside have been appointed to deliver Phase 1 of the park reinstatement and are continuing to engage with the local community before beginning restoration later this Summer. Meanwhile, we continue to demolish the remainder of our old hospital site, with the aim to return all borrowed parkland to the Council by 2023.
Louise Shepherd, Alder Hey’s Chief Executive said: “Alder Hey has ambitions to create Europe’s first dedicated children’s healthcare campus in a park, focused on developing the very best health outcomes for children and young people and featuring everything they need to get better and thrive. We want to do everything we can to reduce health inequalities and create a healthier future for children and young people by creating a health campus that we can all be proud of.
“Investing and enhancing our community and mental health services is very much a part of that. We remain committed to providing the very highest standards of care across our community and mental health services and I’m delighted we will now be able to deliver these vital services together and within the best possible environment of our children’s healthcare campus.”
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