Moorfields Eye Hospital

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Moorfields Eye Hospital
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Moorfields Eye Hospital. (January 2006)
Location City Road, Islington, London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′38″N 0°5′24″W / 51.52722°N 0.09000°W / 51.52722; -0.09000Coordinates: 51°31′38″N 0°5′24″W / 51.52722°N 0.09000°W / 51.52722; -0.09000
Care system NHS
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University College London
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
City University London
Emergency department Yes
Speciality Ophthalmology
Founded 1805

Moorfields Eye Hospital, operated by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is an NHS eye hospital located in London, United Kingdom. It is the oldest and largest eye hospital in the world and is internationally renowned for its comprehensive clinical and research activities. The hospital is a major international tertiary care and training centre in ophthalmology, and over half of all ophthalmologists in the UK have received specialist training at the hospital.

Together with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is adjacent to the hospital, it forms the world's largest site for eye care, education and research.

The lead consultant and Medical Director is Mr Declan Flanaghan.


The hospital was founded on the Moorfields in 1805 as the London Dispensary for curing diseases of the Eye and Ear, by John Cunningham Saunders, assisted by John Richard Farre.[1] It moved to its present site in 1899, and was nationalised in 1948. These anniversaries gave it the unusual ability to celebrate a centenary in 1999 and a bicentenary in 2005.

In February 2007, the new Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre (RDCEC) (Also known as the International Children’s Eye Centre), was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Its location is adjacent to the hospital's main City Road building.

Teaching and research[edit]

Today Moorfields Eye Hospital is a major centre for postgraduate training of ophthalmologists, orthoptists, optometrists, and nurses. It has also played a pivotal role in ophthalmic research. Sir Stewart Duke-Elder founded the Institute of Ophthalmology (now an integral part of University College London), and many key individuals, such as Sir Harold Ridley, Charles Schepens, Norman Ashton, Shomi S. Bhattacharya, Allen Foster, Gordon Johnson and Raymond Lund have carried out their research at Moorfields and the Institute. As of 2005, major ophthalmic research programmes at Moorfields were led by Professors Robin Ali, Shomi S. Bhattacharya, Alan C. Bird, Fred Fitzke, David (Ted) Garway-Heath, John Greenwood, Roger Hitchings, Prof Sir Peng T. Khaw, Prof Phil Luthert, Susan Lightman, Tony Moore, Steve Moss, Santa J. Ono and Gary S. Rubin.

Moorfields was one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts, and is a founder member of the Academic health science centre, UCL Partners.

Commercial services (UK and Overseas)[edit]

In addition to its NHS clinical services Moorfields also has a number of commercial services: a Private care service (Moorfields Private Patients -, a corporate venturing subsidiary (Moorfields Ventures LLP) and a state of the art pharmaceutical manufacturing service (Moorfields Pharmaceuticals -

Moorfields opened a branch in Dubai, UAE in July 2007. It is located in the Al Razi Medical Complex. Currently, the hospital is exploring international healthcare accreditation.

Fundraising and associated charities[edit]

Founded in 1963, The Friends of Moorfields Charity -, is also an independent registered charity, raising funds for the benefit of the patients of Moorfields Eye Hospital. The primary aim of this charity is to provide supplementary services and equipment for the comfort and well-being of Moorfields' patients and their visitors. It contributes towards buying much needed technical items for professional use in the hospital's clinics, satellite centres, operating theatres and research laboratories. The charity also promotes and manages a wide range of volunteers, supporting the work and service of the hospital.

Moorfields Eye Charity is an independent registered charity for Moorfields Eye Hospital. Moorfields Eye Charity raises funds, above and beyond those normally provided by the NHS, to enable the hospital to continue to provide the highest quality care for its patients and their families and to help ensure it remains a world-class centre of excellence for specialist treatment of diseases of the eye, ophthalmic research and education. Its aim is to support and promote the work and research of Moorfields Eye Hospital, for the benefit of patients and staff, by raising extra funds to enhance services, research, equitpment and facilities including a major joint - Moorfields and Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL - new building project.

The Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital (charity number 228064) is a grant-giving body, which primarily supports leading-edge research carried out at the hospital and research partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, alongside a range of other high-profile projects.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust[edit]

The Trust employs over 1,700 people. Over 24,000 ophthalmic operations are carried out and over 300,000 patients are seen by the hospital each year. The trust delivers its services from its main site on City Road and through its distributed network of over 20 other 'satellite' clinics located in other parts of London and the South East including Ealing, Teddington, Tooting, Mile End, Harrow and Tottenham. Backing up NHS Direct, Moorfields has a specialised ophthalmic telephone advice line, Moorfields Direct.


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