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Everton star bowled over by new Alder Hey Hospital

Everton's Leighton Baines at Alder Hey. Credit: Everton FC.

Everton's Leighton Baines has become the latest sports star to be named as a patron of Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital.

Baines says the brand new hospital will be the best healthcare facility in the country for children and young people.

The defender was joined by Blues’ legend Graeme Sharp for a private tour of the new hospital and was overwhelmed by the world-class facilities.

The new building, known as Alder Hey in the Park, is the result of a decade-long project to create a state-of-the-art medical facility.

Leighton Baines is supporting Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. Credit: Everton FC.

"The new hospital is mind blowing. The amount of thought that has gone into every small detail is fantastic. I think that this is an amazing facility that will clearly be the best facility for kids in the country.

“It’s been a tough task for the people who have been working on it to bring it all together and they’ve done an incredible job."

– Leighton Baines, Everton FC

The £237m hospital contains 270 beds and 16 operating theatres.

The design was inspired by children and some of the remarkable features include a giant indoor tree-house, an outdoor play deck featuring fish tanks on each of the six wards, a relaxation garden and interactive screens in patient waiting areas.

Watch: a news report on Leighton's visit:-