I was pleased to visit Alder Hey and hear about the exciting plans for its future. Alder Hey is the largest paediatric hospital in Europe, serving over 7 million young people every year and providing world-class treatment to over 250,000 patients.
However, some of the hospital’s current buildings need to be modernised. The A&E is separated from operating suites by an uphill corridor, which means children needing urgent surgery have to be pushed along a busy public corridor, usually with distressed parents running behind. By 2015 the current buildings will be unable to handle growing needs – which is why the Alder Hey Children’s Health Park has been proposed.
Labour’s commitment to the NHS means that this project will be the first Children’s Health Park anywhere in Europe, and will become a flagship for the NHS on the world stage. The full cost of the project will be £288m, and the aim is to complete the new hospital in time for the hospital’s centenary celebrations in October 2014.
This investment is vital to ensure that Alder Hey continues to provide excellent treatment to so many young people.
As Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Wavertree, I will:
- Offer my full support to the Alder Hey Children’s Health Park Plan;
- Promote the scheme to senior government ministers to ensure the project remains on track;
- Generate public support in the Constituency for what is an iconic proposal;
- Encourage other Merseyside MPs and parliamentary candidates to support continuing improvement and investment in Alder Hey.