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Alder Hey has been designed to be inviting, warm, happy, calming and educational. 75% of patients will have their own bedroom with en-suite facilities and views of the park wherever possible. Wards are bright with lots of space but families are also able to enjoy privacy and dignity.
Bedrooms have been designed to make patients feel at home and patients are able to control the light and temperature in their room.
Our inpatient wards are on levels one, three and four of our hospital. You can find them easily by taking the lift from the atrium.
The ward numbers are determined by the location they are in the hospital. For example, Ward 3A is on the 3rd floor and situated nearest to the A&E entrance. Ward 3C is on the 3rd floor and situated nearest to the main entrance on East Prescot Road. 3B would be on the 3rd floor and in between 3A and 3C.
Our wards have 32 beds and are dedicated to a variety of medical specialties. Our patients range in age from birth to 18 years, each with their own specific needs and challenges.
All our wards are divided into four coloured zones; Yellow, Blue, Green and Orange.
Rooms in the Green, Blue & Yellow zones are side rooms with en-suite facilities. The Orange zone is made up of 4-bedded bays with shared bathroom facilities.
Patients may be moved from one zone to another during their stay.
Our staff are here to help answer any questions you may have. We will do our best to show you and your child around the ward soon after you arrive.
A member of staff will explain how to use the call bells by the bedside, and in the bathrooms and toilets, if you or your child needs assistance.
For more information about your visit to Alder Hey Hospital and our wards, please refer to our information booklets below.
Read our Consent and Confidentiality policy here.
All female patients aged 12 years or older who are having a procedure or surgery involving a general anaesthetic (putting them to sleep) will be asked to provide a sample of urine for a pregnancy test before their procedure.
A sample of urine should be collected on the morning of the procedure. The first urine of the day is the best as it is the most concentrated, but it can be collected later.
If the urine is collected at home the sample should be stored in a suitable container in the fridge until you are ready to travel to Alder Hey Hospital.
Suitable containers can be obtained from your GP, any pharmacy or Alder Hey. Please ring 0151 252 5488 (or via switchboard on 0151 228 4811, extension 2488) if you would like a container sent to you by post.
Search for 'pregnancy testing' in our information leaflets section.
If a doctor considers a young person to be mature enough they are judged to be ‘competent to consent’ and can agree to the pregnancy test for themselves.
The hospital cannot share the result of the pregnancy tests with parents or carers without a competent young person’s permission. We will encourage young people to involve their parent or carer in decisions about their care, but we will not routinely inform parents or carers of the result of the pregnancy test, even if it is negative.
Sometimes it is necessary to cancel or delay procedures at short notice. If this happens, please do not assume that this is due to the result of a pregnancy test.
Alder Hey Consent Policy for Children and Young People
Alder Hey Children's Charity