EXPERIENCES of the quality of services at Aldey Hey Children’s Hospital are sought from patients’ parents by care watchdogs.

The hospital treats children from St Helens and impressions are needed to help inspectors decide what to look at when they visit the Trust this month under a new system brought in by the Care Quality Commission.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.

“We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

“Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients in the hospitals. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have had care at these hospitals, or anyone who wants to share information with us.”

The Alder Hey inspection will begin on Tuesday, May 20 and result in it being given an overall rating assessment of the public.

To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be holding a meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday starting at 6.30pm in Blackburn House, Blackburn Place, Liverpool, L8 7PE.