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11th May 2021
After a thorough process involving staff, children and young people and their families, the new inpatient unit building at Alder Hey has been given a name.
The inpatient unit will be known as Sunflower House and is currently under construction next to the Institute in the Park. The building is due to be opened in 2022.
Find out more about the new Sunflower House building from Alder Hey's Director of Children and Young People Community and Mental Health, Lisa Cooper:
The name Sunflower House was put forward by children currently under the care of the Dewi Jones Unit (which is what will become Sunflower House when it relocates).
A list of names was presented to the children for them to consider, along with the option to come up with their own. They suggested ‘Sunflower House’, representing growth, tall and strong, and reaching for the sun.
They also told the panel how important their garden and outside space has been for them during the last 12 months. When the reviewing panel heard this, they loved the idea and the thinking that had gone into it.
In honour of Dewi Jones, the pioneer and consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry who took a lead role in setting up and organising mental health services for young people in and around Liverpool and after whom the current facility was named, the gardens of Sunflower House will be named the Dewi Jones Gardens.
Our 7 in 10 Mental Health charity appeal is helping to fund this new, world class facility. You can find out more about the campaign, and make a contribution to the appeal, by clicking the below button.
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