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· Amy Glover

Nature’s remedy

Planning Approval for Alder Hey Community Cluster and Dewi Jones buildings

We look forward to the new Community Cluster and Dewi Jones buildings starting on site soon at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool following Planning Approval granted on 19th November.

Increasing evidence shows that contact with nature, particularly for those living in urban environments, improves health, reduces stress and enhances quality of life, and it has proven outcomes for the recovery of those with mental health or behavioural issues. Alder Hey will be the first children's hospital in Europe to be integrated within a new park – creating a 21st century Health Campus as a possible blueprint for the future of the NHS.

The buildings are designed to ensure maximum contact with nature to benefit all users. 

The new Community Cluster and Dewi Jones buildings stand as an innovative, joined-up approach to the treatment of physical and mental health for children and young adults aged 5-20, bringing together CAMHS, Psychology, Paediatric Neuro-Assessment and Orthotic departments, along with a Dewi Jones residential care building. These facilities, currently scattered across the hospital site and the city, will now form a crucible for mental healthcare excellence. 

Places to wait, be alone or sociable are always connected to views of nature, daylight and natural ventilation, underpinned by the need to ensure patient dignity and discretion.

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