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Children's plans for new Alder Hey to get 'special focus'

Ideas submitted by children and young people for a new hospital for Alder Hey in Liverpool are to be given ‘a special focus’ by the project team in charge of the plans.

Almost 1,000 children responded to a public consultation on the proposals for a children’s health park.

Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust chief executive Louise Shepherd said the young people were “very clear about what they want in their new hospital”.

“It was interesting to observe that young children saw the benefit of clustering facilities close to each other, such as A&E, operating suites and ICU. Currently A&E and the operating area are separated by a long corridor a quarter of a mile in length,” she said.

The project team will also judge 500 drawings sent in by children and the best will be displayed at the hospital over coming weeks.

In total, around 7,500 people responded to the consultation. Around 93 per cent were in favour of an “iconic” hospital incorporating the existing site and part of a neighbouring public park.

Alder Hey provides care for more than 200,000 children a year. The hospital employs by 2,800 doctors, nurses and support staff.

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