Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital is a specialist NHS eye hospital in Finsbury in the London Borough of Islington in London, England run by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Together with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is adjacent to the hospital, it is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in Europe.[1][2]

Moorfields Eye Hospital
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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The main hospital building
Moorfields Eye Hospital is located in London Borough of Islington
Moorfields Eye Hospital
Shown in Islington
LocationCity Road, London, England
Coordinates51°31′38″N 0°5′24″W / 51.52722°N 0.09000°W / 51.52722; -0.09000
Care systemNational Health Service
Affiliated university
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in England


Moorfields Eye Hospital was founded at Charterhouse Square in 1805 as the London Dispensary for curing diseases of the Eye and Ear, by John Cunningham Saunders, assisted by John Richard Farre.[3] It moved to a site on the former Moorfields in 1822,[4] before moving to its present site in 1899, and became part of the National Health Service in 1948. These anniversaries gave it the unique ability to celebrate a centenary in 1999 and a bicentenary in 2005.[5]

In February 2007, the new Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre (RDCEC), was opened by the Queen. Its location is adjacent to the hospital's main City Road building.[6]

In December 2021, it was announced that the hospital will relocate to a new facility near King's Cross railway station and the Moorfields building had been sold to private developers.[7][8]

Teaching and researchEdit

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 Sir Harold Ridley, Charles Schepens, and Norman Ashton have carried out research at Moorfields and the Institute.[9]

Fundraising and associated charitiesEdit

Founded in 1963, The Friends of Moorfields Charity is 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.[10]

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 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, equipment and facilities including a major joint – Moorfields and Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL – new building project.[11]

The Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital (charity number 228064) is a grant-giving body, which primarily supports research carried out at the hospital and research partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, alongside a range of other projects.[12]

Notable people who worked or studied at MoorfieldsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Europe's largest academic health science partnership created in London". Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Britain's best hospitals: A patients' guide". The Independent. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ Behrman, S (1962). "John Farre (1775–1862) and other 19th century physician at Moorfields". Medical History. 6 (1): 73–6. doi:10.1017/s0025727300026879. PMC 1034675. PMID 16562232.
  4. ^ "History". Moorfields Hospital. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  5. ^ "How Moorfields Hospital changed our world". BBC News. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre". Moorfields Eye Charity. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  7. ^ "London property developer to buy large Moorfields Eye Hospital site". Evening Standard. 14 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  8. ^ Howard, Tom. "Site of Moorfields Eye Hospital sold to developer Derwent London". The Times. Retrieved 15 December 2021.(Subscription required.)
  9. ^ "Norman Ashton". The Guardian. 14 January 2000. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  10. ^ "About us". Friends of Moorfields. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  11. ^ "About us". Moorfields Eye Charity. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  12. ^ "The Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital". Open Charities. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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