State-of-the-art unit for new-born babies to be built in Liverpool

State-of-the-art unit for new-born babies to be built in Liverpool

State-of-the-art unit for new-born babies to be built in Liverpool

28th Sep 2021

Partnership between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women’s Hospital to deliver early life care for very sick babies on one site.

Planning permission has been granted to go ahead with a new state-of-the-art Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the site of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, UK.

This is the result of joint working between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust - under the Liverpool Neonatal Partnership -– and will result in 22 neonatal cots for Liverpool.

The new unit will feature 18 individual family rooms for parents to call home and be alongside their new-borns whilst being cared for.

The unit will address a shared concern between Liverpool Women’s and Alder Hey that babies who need specialist surgery currently have to be transferred to Alder Hey to get the specialist surgical care they need and are then transferred back to Liverpool Women’s Hospital to continue their specialist neonatal care. 

Specialist neonatal staff from Liverpool Women’s Hospital will work alongside Alder Hey at the new NICU ensuring that babies do not need to be transferred back and forth between the two hospitals. 

Central to the new unit will be the use of new innovative technology.  This will continue to include Telehealth Medicine Robots currently being used which allow clinicians to monitor and see babies remotely.  There are further technologies being worked through currently to support the vision of a silent NICU including Neonatal Tracking; a wearable device worn around a parents wrist which send signals to receivers around the hospital and allow staff to know where the parent is in case of an emergency and also virtual monitoring of babies, allowing doctors and nurses to have access to have constant sight on the babies and their vital signs, whilst still providing the family with the safety and privacy of a cubicle.

Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said:

“With our colleagues at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, we will be offering parents and their new-born babies the best possible care right at the start of life.  We are bringing world-class care and technological innovation to ensure that babies in Liverpool get every chance to survive and thrive at a critical time.”

Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive of Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at Alder Hey on this project and we look forward to this fantastic new facility being developed to further strengthen the Liverpool Neonatal Partnership between the two Trusts. Along with the newly refurbished Neonatal Unit at Liverpool Women’s, this will ensure that new-born babies and families in Liverpool and beyond get the best possible care available at their most vulnerable time.” 

The facility will cost £16.5m to build with £2.5m being provided by Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Charity funding will provide ‘over and above’ enhancements and equipment for both the clinical space and family areas, elevating it from a facility that provides families with a safe and secure environment for them and their new-borns, to a truly world-class facility that wraps-around families with the most vulnerable babies in the region. To donate go to - https://www.alderheycharity.org/surgical-neonatal-appeal/

The new NICU is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

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