Alder Hey Children's Charity

Give our tiny patients the best possible start!

The new Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Alder Hey will be a world-class facility for the most vulnerable babies and their families in the region. The 22-cot unit will offer parents and their newborn babies the best possible environment in which to get well and receive the best care.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1160661)

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Championed by Candis Club


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices
  • OtherOther


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)


United Kingdom


In 2019/20, nearly 150 babies were transferred between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women's Hospital with some having to make the journey multiple times. These transfers would often happen around the time of surgery when the newborns are most poorly and at their most vulnerable. Not surprisingly, their risk of mortality increases during transfer.


Alder Hey are building the first surgical neonatal unit where families can stay with their babies in private, comfortable rooms whilst accessing expert care from their clinicians. In partnership with Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Alder Hey have designed this innovative facility packed with the technology and enhancements that enable parents to stay close to their fragile newborns. The new unit will help strengthen the partnership and help develop their joint vision for world leading neonatal care.

  • "The new enhancements sound incredible and would have made such a difference to us as a family...I felt so guilty leaving Lydia when I went to see my girls at home and vice versa. Having them there with us in our own in our own child friendly private area, would have really helped Lydia's recovery."

    — Lydia's mum

  • "Spending so much time at hospital means the staff, doctors, nurses, porters, kitchen staff etc. become your family, the hospital a home. The enhancements would mean keeping families together, in a place they feel comfortable, safe and entertained until the day they go home."

    — Joy, Craig's mum