The North West’s first private children’s unit was opened at BMI The Alexandra Hospital, in Cheadle. The launch was celebrated with a special visit from Santa, as well as footballer’s wife and mum-of-two Julie Neville.
Providing a bit of early Christmas magic to the unit, Philip Oehley - Executive Director of BMI The Alexandra Hospital – joined Santa to hand out presents to the children who were being treated at the unit.
Philip comments: “Our new unit will ensure that children receive the highest level of care from specialist consultants and dedicated paediatric staff. We cover a range of specialities, from routine procedures to complex surgery.
But of course, we understand that children and their families would rather be at home for Christmas. That’s why we wanted to make their stay at BMI The Alexandra Hospital as festive and enjoyable as possible.”
Julie Neville, wife of footballer Phil Neville and founder of health website Win Naturally, came along to join in the festivities. As an added treat, Julie brought along some natural, sugar-free organic lollipops on the day. Julie has a close connection with BMI The Alexandra Hospital, as her daughter Isabella - who has cerebral palsy - has been treated at the hospital, and will have further treatment at the new paediatric unit.
Treating children from the birth to 16 years of age, the new unit is serviced by specialist paediatric consultants and staff able to treat a wide range of conditions.
The unit has eight single en-suite rooms, a four-bedded day case ward, a treatment room, and play room and an adolescent room.