Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK

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.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool
 

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
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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.

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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
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool – Main entrance

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

Corridors and murals

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Murals painted on walls
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Murals painted on walls

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Murals painted on walls
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Murals painted on walls

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Murals on the wall
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Murals on the wall

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Beds in painted corridors
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Beds in painted corridors

Alder Hey - Murals and beds
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Alder Hey – Murals and beds

Alder Hey - Staff room
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Alder Hey – Staff room

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Bedroom for sick children
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Bedroom for sick children

Operating Theatres

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating theatre reception
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Operating theatre reception

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating theatre with lights and operating table
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Operating theatre with lights and operating table

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Bed and lights in operating theatre
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Bed and lights in operating theatre

Alder Hey - Lights in theatre
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Alder Hey – Lights in theatre

Alder Hey - Empty operating room
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Alder Hey – Empty operating room

Alder Hey - Another theatre
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Alder Hey – Another theatre

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Operating theatre
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Operating theatre

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Entrance to theatres and recover rooms
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Entrance to theatres and recover rooms

Hospital Wards

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Ward corridor with child-gate
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Ward corridor with child-gate

Alder Hey - Ward reception
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Alder Hey – Ward reception

Alder Hey - Open space in ward
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Alder Hey – Open space in ward

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Open ward with private rooms to one side
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Open ward with private rooms to one side

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Ward with beds
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Ward with beds

Alder Hey - Beds on a ward
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Alder Hey – Beds on a ward

Alder Hey - Room with beds
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Alder Hey – Room with beds

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Curtains and bed in a ward room
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Curtains and bed in a ward room

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Curtains hanging in an open ward
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Curtains hanging in an open ward

Other areas of the hospital

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Eaton Road Entrance
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Eaton Road Entrance

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Accident and Emergency waiting area
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Accident and Emergency waiting area

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - The hospital's chapel is now almost empty
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – The hospital’s chapel is now almost empty

Alder Hey - Glass corridor
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Alder Hey – Glass corridor

Alder Hey - Main corrdor
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Alder Hey – Main corrdor

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Hydrotherapy pool
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Hydrotherapy pool

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Hydrotherapy pool
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Hydrotherapy pool

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Physio bed in physiotherapy room
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Physio bed in physiotherapy room

Alder Hey - Physiotherapy
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Alder Hey – Physiotherapy

Alder Hey - Optician room
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Alder Hey – Optician room

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Eye test charts in large optician room
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Eye test charts in large optician room

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Laboratory
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Laboratory

The Alder Centre

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Reception in the Alder Centre
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Reception in the Alder Centre

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Padded room
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Padded room

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - Hospital bed with various bits of medical equipment
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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – Hospital bed with various bits of medical equipment

Further Reading

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