Posted on December 22, 2015

Children's hospital gets new A&E

The new A&E department at Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital has opened and is treating around 200 young patients each day. The hospital opened its new building in October following more than 10 years of planning and two years of construction, which cost £237m. The new building is home to 16 operating theatres and 270 beds, spread over five floors. The construction took around two years to complete after more than 10 years of planning. The new A&E department will have 11 nurses on duty and between six and 10 doctors. In the first 24 hours 159 patients arrived at the department, which has been redesigned. Each child will have his or her own room, complete with a plasma TV providing instant access to the hospital's own channel; in addition, autistic children can spend time in the new multi-sensory room. The planning of the new hospital has taken many different needs and requirements into consideration. Other features of the new hospital include an indoor treehouse, outside play decks for the six wards, and a relaxation garden. Patient waiting areas also have interactive screens for patients and families to use. The hospital had a five-day transfer period during which patients and equipment were moved from the old hospital, which is just across the road from the new site. The hospital plans to carry out demolition work on the old site to create a new parkland area.
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