Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool praised for making 'improvements'

Alder Hey In The Park Image copyright Paul Burnell
Image caption Earlier this year patients and staff moved to a new £250m site opposite the old hospital

Alder Hey Children's Hospital has made "significant improvements" since serious concerns were raised about its standards of care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found several problems at the Liverpool unit in August 2014, including a shortage of nurses and long waiting times.

In a new inspection, the hospital was rated good overall, and outstanding for "providing services that were caring".

Chief executive Louise Shepherd praised the "enormous efforts" of staff.

"I would like to thank each and every one of them," she said.

"They are dedicated and compassionate people doing their very best for the children, young people and families in our care, so the achievement of 'outstanding' for caring is a source of particular pride.

"We have responded to all the points that the CQC raised last year to further raise the quality of our services.

"Of course, we still have some areas to improve and that work has started already."

Image copyright Alder Hey
Image caption The hospital has been praised in several areas, including its improved staffing levels

The CQC's new report identified a number of positive findings, including:

  • The recruitment of more than 80 new nursing staff
  • More medical support in the high dependency unit
  • Evidence of clear leadership between senior managers and staff
  • An improvement in staff morale
  • Improved handling of patients' records

Prof Sir Mike Richards, the CQC's chief inspector of hospitals, said: "The trust has made significant improvements across the board and staff should be proud of what they have achieved.

"We saw that staff across the organisation were passionate about their work and committed to delivering and securing the best for the children and young people they cared for."

Earlier this year patients and staff moved into a new £250m site, which was partly designed by children.

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