Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The main hospital building
Location City Road, Islington, London, United Kingdom
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 is a specialist NHS eye hospital 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 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.[3] It moved to its present site in 1899, and was nationalised in 1948. These anniversaries gave it the unique 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

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.

Fundraising and associated charities

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.

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, 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 research carried out at the hospital and research partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, alongside a range of other projects.

See also


  1. "Europe's largest academic health science partnership created in London". Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. "Britain's best hospitals: A patients' guide". The Independent. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. Farre (1775–1862) and other 19th century physicians at Moorfields

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