Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool

Alder Hey Children's Hospital was founded in 1914. A new hospital was built in 2015 to replace the old buildings so we had a look around while they moved out.

Visited October 2015  UK Liverpool, UK Closed

The story of the Aldey Hey Hospital dates back to 1910, long before a dedicated hospital for treating sick children had been envisaged. The Board of Poor Law Guardians purchased Alder Hey, a mansion set in 25 acres of land in West Derby, Liverpool. At the time the provisions for treating the sick and insane were very limited for paupers who could not afford to attend a private hospital. Adler Hey was to become a workhouse for the city’s poor.

The original Alder Hey mansion was incorporated into the hospital workhouse
The original Alder Hey mansion was incorporated into the hospital workhouse

The hospital was completed in 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War. The hospital went straight into war effort and served as a military hospital until the war was over. The wards were then dedicated to the sick children of Liverpool and the buildings life as Children’s Hospital began.

Interesting Fact
In 1944 Alder Hey Children’s Hospital administered the first dose of Penicillin. The medicine saved the life of a child with pneumonia and revolutionised treatment of the sick.

The hospital was absorbed into the newly formed NHS in 1948. This brought about many changes and improvements including the establishment of the country’s first dedicated neonatal unit.

Over the years the hospital established itself as a world-leading Children’s hospital. The hospital pioneered treatments for infants and children, including neonatal surgery, neurology and cardiology.

The hospital found itself caught up in a scandal that took place between 1988-95 when human tissue, including children’s organs, were unknowingly taken and stored at Alder Hey. Over 2,000 jars containing body parts and tissue were stored, from around 850 infants. The Human Tissue Act 2004 was passed by Parliament as a result, and the Human Tissue Authority was established.

In 2013 work began on a new building in Springfield Park next to the old hospital buildings. The new hospital opened in October 2015 and all patients, staff and equipment were transferred across. The old buildings will be demolished to make way for a new parkland area.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool - Main entrance
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool – Main entrance
Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool - Reception
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool – Reception

Corridors and murals

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Murals painted on walls
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Murals painted on walls
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Murals painted on walls
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Murals painted on walls
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Murals on the wall
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Murals on the wall
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Beds in painted corridors
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Beds in painted corridors
Alder Hey - Murals and beds
Alder Hey – Murals and beds
 
Alder Hey - Staff room
Alder Hey – Staff room
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Doctor's on-call room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Doctor’s on-call room

Operating Theatres

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating theatre reception
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Operating theatre reception
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating theatre with lights and operating table
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Operating theatre with lights and operating table
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Bed and lights in operating theatre
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Bed and lights in operating theatre
Alder Hey - Lights in theatre
Alder Hey – Lights in theatre
 
Alder Hey - Empty operating room
Alder Hey – Empty operating room
Alder Hey - Another theatre
Alder Hey – Another theatre
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating theatre
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Operating theatre
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Entrance to theatres and recover rooms
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Entrance to theatres and recover rooms

Hospital Wards

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Ward corridor with child-gate
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Ward corridor with child-gate
Alder Hey - Ward reception
Alder Hey – Ward reception
 
Alder Hey - Open space in ward
Alder Hey – Open space in ward
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Open ward with private rooms to one side
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Open ward with private rooms to one side
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Ward with beds
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Ward with beds
Alder Hey - Beds on a ward
Alder Hey – Beds on a ward
 
Alder Hey - Room with beds
Alder Hey – Room with beds
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Curtains and bed in a ward room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Curtains and bed in a ward room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Curtains hanging in an open ward
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Curtains hanging in an open ward

Other areas of the hospital

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Eaton Road Entrance
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Eaton Road Entrance
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Accident and Emergency waiting area
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Accident and Emergency waiting area
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - The hospital's chapel is now almost empty
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – The hospital’s chapel is now almost empty
Alder Hey - Glass corridor
Alder Hey – Glass corridor
 
Alder Hey - Main corrdor
Alder Hey – Main corrdor
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Hydrotherapy pool
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Hydrotherapy pool
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Hydrotherapy pool
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Hydrotherapy pool
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Physio bed in physiotherapy room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Physio bed in physiotherapy room
Alder Hey - Physiotherapy
Alder Hey – Physiotherapy
 
Alder Hey - Optician room
Alder Hey – Optician room
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Eye test charts in large optician room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Eye test charts in large optician room
Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Laboratory
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Laboratory

The Alder Centre

 

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Reception in the Alder Centre
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Reception in the Alder Centre
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Padded room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Padded room
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Hospital bed with various bits of medical equipment
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Hospital bed with various bits of medical equipment
Further Reading

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