Matt Ashton visits Sunflower House at Alder Hey

Matt Ashton visits Sunflower House at Alder Hey

Matt Ashton visits Sunflower House at Alder Hey

22nd May 2023

Today, we were visited Liverpool City Council Director of Public Health Matt Ashton, who was given a tour of our new Tier 4 Mental Health Inpatient facility Sunflower House. 

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The new inpatient unit at Alder Hey opened on 17th May and will provide children and young people with severe mental health issues greatly improved quality of care. The urgent and growing crisis in mental health has increased demand for specialist inpatient care, as well as other mental health services. Sunflower House will be for those aged 5 to 13 years old who have the most challenging mental health conditions.

The new building has 12 specially designed bedrooms and a family bedroom, providing a safe and high-quality space to stay. Also provided are a new therapy garden, a calming sensory room that can be used to prepare young people for outside life, an immersive room, a de-stimulation room, a safe kitchen environment to learn cooking and other life skills, group therapy rooms and classrooms. The £3m raised by our Charity's 7 in 10 Appeal has helped to support the fit-out and furnishing of these crucial spaces.

During his time here, Matt met a number of Sunflower House staff, such as Clinical Lead Andrea O’Donnell and Director of Community & Mental Health Services Lisa Cooper.

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