Today it is time for my charity of the month post and I cannot think of a more deserving one than this.
When you think of hospitals caring for sick children, the first one that comes to mind is always Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Alder Hey were founded in Liverpool in 1914. The hospital become an NHS Trust hospital in 1991 and they treat on average 270,000 children every year. After its centenary year in 2014, a new hospital went into construction, with the new hospital Alder Hey in the park opening its doors in 2015.
Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool officially opened the first phase of a state-of-the-art dedicated research, education and innovation centre in March 2016.
The unique Institute in the Park is a world-leading centre for research, with leading clinicians, healthcare professionals and scientists working in partnership with young patients and their families to produce remarkable life-saving and life-changing results.
The Institute in the Park is home to around 100 research, education and clinical staff and has facilities that no other UK or European children’s hospital can offer. The building features two lecture theatres, a boardroom seating, a state-of-the art Library, dedicated e-learning suite and quiet study room. Video conferencing equipment enables Alder Hey to beam events, meetings and teaching seminars around the world and the facility has technology for live streaming from the hospital theatres.
Alder Hey Children’s Charity Appeal
Alder Hey Children’s Charity is raising vital funds to build the second phase of the Institute in the Park.
This appeal will allow the hospital to extend the current Institute building and develop even better treatments for children and young people. The second phase of the Centre will allow the hospital to double the space available to undertake world class research and innovation.
Within this building, Alder Hey’s researchers and clinicians will continue to work with partners in academia, technology and pharmaceuticals to develop safer, better medicines and therapies for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world.
Here are some of the most remarkable feats accomplished by Alder Hey since it opened its doors. It has been the first to:
- Test Penicillin, saving a child from Pneumonia in 1944
- Establish a neonatal unit in the UK
- Cure the UK’s most commonly encountered congenital heart defect
- Pioneer various splints and appliances, including the Thomas Splint
- Introduce ‘liquid glass’ to reduce infection
Alder Hey Children’s Charity works in conjunction with NHS funding to cover the running costs of the hospital, Alder Hey relies on charitable support and the money is spent directly in order to benefit patients.
In 2009 as a result of charitable support Alder Hey was able to buy Europe's first 3T intraoperative MRI scanner.