Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

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Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, 1886-2009

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is an ophthalmic hospital in Oxford Road, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester, England. It is part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It was founded in 1814 on the initiative of W. J. Wilson and opened the following year. It is located on the same site as the Manchester Royal Infirmary and St Mary's Hospital for Women and Children. In August 2009 the existing hospital services were moved to a new building on the Royal Infirmary site.

The building was damaged by a large bomb in the German air raid on 23rd December 1940. A doctor and a nurse were killed.[1]

The former Royal Eye Hospital building is a grade II listed building, designed by Pennington & Bridgen, opened in 1886, and was the first of the hospitals to be built in this district. The hospital has a much longer history and the previous hospital building in St John Street, Manchester, still exists: this was in use from 1867 to 1886. The old hospital building had its rear section demolished, though its Oxford Road facade still stands. A new biomedical centre, Citylabs, was constructed on the site, using both the frontage of the old Royal Eye Hospital building and a new 94,000 sq ft building at the rear.[2]

In November 2013 the Macular Society conducted a survey of NHS trusts not meeting critical four-week follow-up times to administer drugs that reverse or arrest macular degeneration and found that the hospital was struggling because it had "experienced a significant increase in demand coinciding with the introduction of a new treatment for patients with macular degeneration."[3]

Consultant Ophthalmologist Paulo Stanga fitted the world's first visual prosthesis, an Argus retinal prosthesis for a patient with age-related macular degeneration to Ray Flynn, 80, in July 2015 at the hospital. He is the first person in the world to have both artificial and natural vision combined.[4] Professor Stanga said "As far as I am concerned, the first results of the trial are a total success and I look forward to treating more dry AMD patients with the Argus II as part of this trial. We are currently recruiting four more patients to the trial in Manchester."[5]

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  • Brockbank, E. M. (1929) "The Hospitals of Manchester and Salford". In: Book of Manchester and Salford. Manchester: Falkner & Co.
  1. ^ "Hour-by-hour: 'Live' blog details how the Christmas Blitz devastated Manchester exactly 75 years ago". Manchester Evening News. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "ICON to create centre of excellence at Bruntwood's Citylabs". Manchester Evening News. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  3. ^ "NHS delays put patients at risk of going blind". Daily Express. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bionic eye fitted to British pensioner in world first". Daily Telegraph. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bionic eye gives sight back to retired engineer". Engineering and Technology Magazine. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 53°27′43″N 2°13′43″W / 53.46194°N 2.22861°W / 53.46194; -2.22861