The Sid Watkins Building


SWB external

Access to the Sid Watkins Building is easiest from the Longmoor Lane entrance to the Aintree University Hospital site.  There is a visitors' car park in front of the building with a pay and display payment system.

Services provided in the Sid Watkins Building

The largest department is the Complex Rehabilitation Unit, part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network. The unit provides 30 beds for patients in need of intensive rehabilitation while recovering from injury and illness, replacing our previous 20 bed unit. A large gym, therapy rooms and a specially designed courtyard in the centre of the building offer therapeutic activities.

SWB receptionA ‘sky ceiling’ is a unique feature of the Pain Management Programme (PMP) department on the first floor. The service, the longest running of its kind in the UK, also has a gym and a number of clinic rooms to provide specialist programmes designed to help patients live with chronic pain.

Sky Ceiling

Mersey Care NHS Trust operates a Brain Injuries Unit on the first floor, for patients needing help to improve cognitive skills, co-ordination and mobility following a brain injury. The unit includes 12 single inpatient rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a gym and therapy rooms.

A medical education centre on the top floor enables the Trust to provide first class training facilities for junior doctors and other staff, including a 100-seat lecture theatre, break-out rooms and clinical training rooms.

SWB atrium

There is also an extra Outpatients Department, new Neuropsychology Department and offices for our Finance, Human Resources, Patient Access Centre, IT, Governance and Procurement teams.

A ground-floor coffee shop gives visitors the chance to relax before appointments.

Relatives’ accommodation is on the second floor, with eight ensuite double bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen and laundry, for the families of seriously ill patients in our main hospital. This important new addition to the Trust’s services has been funded by our Home from Home Appeal.

The building opened in January 2015, to complement services provided in the main hospital.

Sid Watkins and scans

The Walton Centre is proud to name its new building after Professor Sid Watkins, a neurosurgeon from Liverpool who was at the forefront of Formula 1 safety for more than 30 years. Read more here.