At Liverpool Airport, we have made a commitment to fundraise over a two year period for Alder Hey Children's Charity. Each year, Alder Hey Children's Hospital cares for more than 270,000 children, young people and their families. As the busiest children's hospital in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe, Alder Hey provides remarkable and lifesaving treatments to children, not only in the Merseyside region but across many countries.
Alder Hey holds a special place in the lives of many of those in Liverpool and many of our LJLA colleagues have been touched by the work that the Hospital does in one way or another.
We are working with Alder Hey to revolutionise the hospital experience for young patients and families, through both knowledge sharing and by using next-generation technology to reduce anxiety. This therefore will help distract patients during procedures and to help parents relax too.
To help manage anxiety before arriving, we have helped create an app for patients to use to discover a digital version of Alder Hey, through which they will be able to see their ward and meet staff. The app would also provide games and augmented reality features to distract patients during a stay, as well as link to a reward scheme encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
The first version of ‘Alder Play’ has now launched and can be downloaded by our patients and their families! The app is designed to make children feel more comfortable at Alder Hey and reward them through fun and playful experiences during their visit. Some of the fantastic features include 360 degree videos of Alder Hey to help familiarise patients with Alder Hey, unlocking special content that can only be watched in hospital and collecting stickers when they have been brave during treatment and visits to the hospital. Patients can also learn about routine procedures such as blood tests and x-rays so that they know what to expect when they come to Alder Hey.
One of the features is an ‘Ask Oli’ area for patients and families to ask questions to Oli the Elephant about Alder Hey.
To help parents plan their hospital visit, the app will store key information about their stay and will be able to securely store a patient's medical history, likes and dislikes, and any specific needs - all to provide a better experience and help clinicians provide a more personalised service.
Liverpool Airport are committed to working with Alder Hey to improve the journeys of all those who pass through the doors of this incredible hospital.