In 2015 Spud spent a night in hospital and had a little operation. I can safely say it was the worst 20ish hours of my life. He was fine with it all of course.
We’d got a phone call from school, he was at an after school club and had an accident. The receptionist was very blasé about it so we weren’t worried. We did the ‘you go get him”no you go get him thing’ and the Mr went to pick hime up. 20mins later the Mr came home, leaving Spud in the car grabbed his wallet and said he was takin him to hospital. He’d arrived found him covered in blood – he obviously needed stitches. Or so we thought. I stayed home with Madam expecting them to be a couple of hours depending on waiting times etc. Still not too worried. Couple of hours passed and I got a phone call saying the hospital couldn’t deal with it and he needed to see a specialist at another hospital. We arrange for a Grandparent to collect Madam and we all went to the other hospital. Waited around for hours. Finally we were seen and he would have to have minor plastic surgery to close the wound in the morning. Long story short we stayed in hospital they operated on him at the crack of dawn and we left around lunchtime. Well just after lunch actually as they’d asked him the night before what he wanted so he didn’t want to go home until he’d had what he’d ordered!
He was fine. I was not. It’s not a position I ever want to be in again, and I really don’t know how parents who have children with a long term illness cope. Anything that can help reduce the need or length of stay in a hospital can only be a good thing right? So let’s get to the point of this post.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool officially opened the first phase of a state-of-the-art dedicated research, education and innovation centre in 2016. It is built right next to Alder Hey’s new hospital and will position Alder Hey and Liverpool as an international leader in the development of safer and more effective medicines for children and young people throughout the world.
The Institute in the Park is a world-leading centre for research, with leading clinicians, healthcare professionals and scientists working in partnership with young patients and their families to produce remarkable life-saving and life-changing results. Within this building, researchers and clinicians will work with industry to develop safer, better medicines and therapies for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world.
Alder Hey Children’s Charity Appeal
Alder Hey Children’s Charity is raising funds to build the second phase of the Institute in the Park.
This will allow the hospital to extend the current Institute building and develop better treatments for children and young people. The second phase of the Centre will allow the hospital to double the space available to undertake world class research and innovation.
Building on the success of the completed phase of the building this second phase of construction will create a facility like no other, solely dedicated to children’s health research, innovation and education. Within this building, Alder Hey’s researchers and clinicians will continue to work with partners in academia, technology and pharmaceuticals to develop safer, better medicines and therapies for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world.
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