Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is due a major change... for the better
By 2015 there will be a new hospital with clinics grouped together to make going to appointments easier, light and airy treatment rooms, wards that offer a range of accommodation and views over the park and landscaped gardens.
It will be unique in the United Kingdom. The Children's Health Park will be where traditional excellence and state-of-the-art facilities meet to offer care, treatment and breakthroughs in research.
Listen to the story of Alder Hey and then come back to see what the Children's Health Park will have to offer...
In 2012, building will start on the The Children's Health Park next door in Springfield Park.
In 2015, patients and staff will move into The Children's Health Park
In 2015, on the demolished site of Alder Hey a new freshly designed park for all the community will be instated
There are very good reasons why all this change needs to happen and there is no better time in today's economy of low interest rates and cheaper rates of building materials.
But more important than the timing as one the busiest hospital in Europe, Alder Hey is crying out for a brand new build. And here are the reasons why:
In 2014 – the majority of the hospital will be 100 years old. Alder Hey was originally built as a workhouse – not exactly a child friendly design, wouldn't you agree?
80% of the building doesn't come up to desired NHS standards as decided by the Government
When a child or young person and their family come to hospital, the Trust want that visit or stay to be the best it can be – the new facilities in the Children Health Park will ensure that is the case.
Now and in the future...
There will be design features for excellent co-locations of clinics, that will mean internal travel distances will be cut by 50%, for example, currently the distance between A&E and theatres is 0.4km, that's just not pleasant for our patients and families or and efficient use of our staff's time.
Patient and service pathways will be separate to avoid the 'hospital street' situation that Alder Hey now has with trolleys, deliveries, patients, visitors and staff all jammed together in the main corridor trying to go about their business.
Wards will be increased from 14 to 32 beds with 70%? single occupancy with en-suite facilities and plenty of space for parents to stay overnight.
The most popular improvement our patients asked for was “views of nature and access to fresh air.”
That's why situating the new hospital in Springfield Park next door to Alder Hey makes perfect sense. It will create 50% more green space than the existing site layout and the community will get a new park which will combine the park with the hospital, making the whole area safe and inviting promoting regular access for everyone.
The project just gets better and better.
Sounds great! Run it by me again, what is the Children's Health Park going to be?
The UKs 1st iconic state-of-the-art hospital set in landscaped mature parkland
The Uks 1st paediatric to use Automated Guided Vehicles for deliveries and collections of goods and services – a better and more fun way to think of them is robots, all doing the routine work, while porters can get on with their skilled work.
The Uks 1st paediatric hospital to put on ward kitchens serving fresh food to order to encourage our patients to eat well and get better quicker.
Exciting isn't it?
Everyone's talking about The Children's Health Park
“It's so exciting I can't wait!” Staff nurse and member of one of the fifteen Staff User Groups working with the two Bidders, Acorn and Balfour Beatty
“Alder Hey is looking ahead and using the opportunity to re-think how health care is delivered for children not just in Liverpool and Merseyside but much further afield...I will do my best in the House of Lords to speak up for Alder Hey and its Children’s Health Park plan. ” The Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones
"Both designs are visionary. Children have also had a huge say in what the hospital should look like and how it should work. There is also a strong commitment, not just to treatment, but to the wellbeing of children and young people, with the outside space being just as important as the hospital itself.
The new Children’s Health Park will be the only purpose built state of the art hospital in a parkland setting in Europe.” Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley
There is no better time for the creation of The Children’s Health Park - it’s time for the world to see what we offer here and it should be in a building fit for the purpose.
Our vision is to be ranked as the best for healthcare provision and preventative care for paediatrics and young people. We want and deserve local, national and globally recognition. Sir David Henshaw, Chair of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
“The new build will help enhance the reputation of the region and will have a positive impact on the environment too as we invest in Springfield Park. The Children's Health Park will become the best place for providing care and treatment to children and young people.”
David Powell, Programme Director of the Children's Health Park.
The Alder Hey Trust Board members were very clear in their brief to the two companies, Acorn and Balfour Beatty, who expressed a keen interest in bidding for the most prestigious NHS new hospital build in the UK today.
If the Trust were to be presented with a design they had seen before...then the Bidder’s would be asked to go back to the drawing board – only the most innovative would do for The Children's Health Park, it had to be different.
Where possible the Health Park has been designed through the eyes and needs of children and young people, through the Trust's Stakeholder Engagement Programme, Alder Hey's young designers have continued to influence and shape the Children's Health Park to ensure that it will be: innovative, encourage and be flexible to new ways of working, sustainable and to be in a class of its own.
“I am passionate about the Children’s Health Park project and I am behind it 100%. This project is not only for Alder Hey but it is for the city of Liverpool and beyond.”
Sir David Henshaw, Chair of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Trust
Passion & Principle
The Trust created this brief to inform potential bidders who registered an interest in joining the competition to design and build Europe’s only hospital in a park:
“Bidders are required to prepare and submit detailed design solutions that deliver the Trust’s vision, support Alder Hey in maintaining its status as a World-Class Children’s hospital and differentiate it from other hospitals. At the foremost, the design solutions must be children and young person centred and relate to the children, young people, families and staff that use them. The building should provide a civic presence and relate to its immediate surroundings in delivering the concept of a Children’s Health Park.”
In short, it has to have a WOW! factor, be efficiently designed to enable our staff to work to the best of their ability, and enhance the all round patient experience. In the words of one of our patients, “The Children’s Health Park has to be somewhere children and young people want to come, and not just because they have to.”
A further five guiding principles were devised which have enabled the Children's Health Park Project Team and their expert advisers to help support and guide the bidders to fulfil the desired vision, these being:
Clinical Effectiveness: a design that enables the right teams, information, innovation, goods and services around the child in an environment that promotes their best clinical outcomes.
Patient Experience: children and families journeys to be engaging, reduce stress, and ensure they leave feeling valued.
Flow: efficient and productive movement from start to finish
Safety: safety of children and young people is paramount – non negotiable! Design, systems and processes must ensure safety for everybody.
Cost: innovative building and services that represent excellent value for money, high level of effectiveness and outstanding quality.