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Star "delighted" to support Alder Hey

Pixie with Alder Hey's Head of Charities Clare White.

Pop star Pixie said Caravan of Love will be released as her Christmas single.

Twenty pence of every single sale goes straight to Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

It will also feature in television adverts for Matalan, Alder Hey's charity partner for Alphabet Scarves campaign which has won the backing of the likes of Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

“I am really honoured to be involved with, and supporting, Alder Hey.

It’s a fantastic initiative and will raise much needed funds for the children’s hospital. As part of the campaign, I am also delighted to be singing and releasing the beautiful Caravan of Love, with proceeds from each single sale going to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.”

– Pixie Lott

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Special time for Alder Hey to look back - and forward to the future

It's a special time as Alder Hey Children's Hospital celebrates 100 years and looks forward to the future. As young people are key to everything they do the hospital wanted them to create artwork for the new site as Vicky Charnock, arts co-ordinator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital explains.

Children help Alder Hey celebrate 100 years

Children celebrate Alder Hey Hospital in pictures Credit: Alder Hey

Alder Hey Children's hospital celebrates its 100th birthday this month.

Nursing through the ages - pictures of Alder Hey Credit: Alder Hey

Artwork from Liverpool children is being displayed outside the new hospital site to mark the milestone. The hospital moves to its new site next year.

Alder Hey founded in 1914 moves to new site next year Credit: Alder Hey

Alder Hey was originally a mansion set in 25 acres. It was sold in 1910 to be a workhouse for the poor to include an area for paupers' children. The doors were opened in 1914, but because of the First World War - it was never used in that way.

During the War, it was used as a military hospital, but the wards which had been designated to children were still retained for them. At the end of the war it became a children's hospital although in the Second World War it also took in casualties from the war.

It went on to become one of Europe's busiest children's hospitals now treating 270,000 children and caring for their families every year.

It was the first hospital to test Penicillin saving a child from Pneumonia in 1944 and was the first in the UK to have a neonatal unit.

It's now running a £30m appeal to raise money for life saving equipment and facilities for Alder Hey in the Park.

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Full report: Alder Hey Hospital told it must improve

The North West's leading children's hospital has been told it must improve.

Alder Hey's care of critically ill children has been criticised and inspectors say they don't have enough nurses and senior doctors.

The report comes after an inspection by Care Quality Commission.

The hospital trust says it's already made improvements.

Alder Hey says it's already making improvements

Alder Hey Children's Hospital says it's already investing in additional nursing staff and making improvements.

The NHS Foundation Trust says it's confident the overall service to patients is safe but they still need to make improvements in recruitment, outpatients and and their High Dependency Unit.

'At the time of inspection, solutions had already been put in place in these areas and the Trust is currently developing an action plan in response to all of the recommendations within the CQC report.

This includes a renewed focus on leading improvements to services currently available for children and young people.'

– Rick Turnock, Acting Medical Director of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust's Chief Executive said the CQC report showed the high quality care, compassion and commitment shown to patients and families at Alder Hey.

'In the last year we have invested over £1m in additional nursing staff and 37 new nurses have been appointed just this month.

We have also worked hard to improve communication and engagement with staff, the availability of clinical records, administration of medicines, incident management and medical leadership.

Alder Hey has been delivering pioneering treatment for the last 100 years and our new hospital, which opens next year, will provide an exciting opportunity to enhance our role as a leader in children’s healthcare.'

– Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

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Alder Hey: 'I am concerned that shortages of nurses'

"I know that the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is going through significant change. I am sure that the new children's hospital which is currently being built will allow the trust to make a significant improvement to the overall experience of patients and their families.

"We came across numerous examples of staff going the extra mile to care for and treat children and young people in a highly personalised and sensitive way. Patients and relatives praised the staff for the commitment they showed to their work.

"However I am concerned that shortages of nurses in some departments may affect patient care. While there have been moves to improve the recruitment process, the trust must continue to make this a priority.

"Our judgement is that this is a good hospital in many ways - but the issues which we have identified are preventing it from achieving excellence. The trust has told us it is taking action - I hope and expect to return in due course to find that the problems have been addressed."

– The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards

Hospital must make improvements

Alder Hey Children's NHS Trust in Liverpool has been told it needs to make a series of improvements. An inspection in May found care for the critically ill and staffing levels need improvement and there were long waiting times for outpatients. The hospital cares for more than quarter of a million children from the region each year and has accepted the recommendations. Ellen Armistead from the Care Quality Commission said Alder Hey was a good hospital but there were issues that needed to be addressed.

Alder Hey NHS told to make improvements

Alder Hey Credit: PA

A report into Alder Hey Children's NHS Trust in Liverpool has revealed a number of areas need improving. An inspection found critical care and staffing levels need improvement and there was long wait times for outpatients. A number of other services including A&E were rated good or outstanding.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital is run by one of four dedicated children's hospital trusts in the UK. It provides integrated healthcare for children and young people from the local population in Liverpool and the surrounding North West area, as well as specialised services to children and young people nationally.

Under the new inspection model, CQC has given individual ratings to each of the core services at the hospital. An inspection team of 41 people which included doctors, nurses, hospital managers, trained members of the public, CQC inspectors and analysts carried out an announced inspection in May.

The full report can be accessed here.

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