Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust officially marked the opening of its new eye centre at Northwick Park Hospital on Wednesday evening (May 22).
His worshipful, the Mayor of Brent Councillor Bobby Thomas, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the £3.4 million eye centre, which brings together in one location Moorfields’ entire specialist eye services for local residents.
The event was hosted by Moorfields’ chairman Rudy Markham and chief executive John Pelly, and was attended by local dignitaries and representatives from the healthcare sector in the boroughs of Brent and Harrow. These included Cllr Ruth Moher, chair of Brent’s health and wellbeing board and deputy leader of Brent Council, several GPs, ophthalmologists and optometrists, and North West London Hospitals NHS Trust’s director of strategy David Cheesman. Also present were representatives from the Friends of Moorfields, who are funding a new eye clinical liaison officer (ECLO) post at the centre to provide counselling, advice and support to patients coming to terms with serious sight conditions.
David Bessant, Moorfields’ clinical director for Northwick Park, led tours of the facility for GPs and other healthcare representatives to explain the range of conditions and services that the eye centre could offer.
“Moorfields is delighted to have been able to make this investment at Northwick Park to expand substantially the service we offer the local community,” said John Pelly. “Our partnership with North West London Hospitals – which stretches back 21 years – means patients living in the communities of Brent and Harrow have access to world class, specialist eye care and treatment on their doorstep.
“This refurbished centre has enabled Moorfields to double the size of our outpatient unit and added new facilities including a permanent operating theatre to replace the previous temporary arrangements."
His worshipful, the Mayor of Brent Councillor Bobby Thomas said: "The new unit here at Northwick Park is not just a refurbishment; the facilities have brought the centre into the 21st century. The concept of having satellites is fantastic for reaching communities.
"I am proud of what I have seen here this evening, and I am sure the community will be proud of the facility, too. I am delighted to unveil this plaque, and declare the new Moorfields Eye Centre at Northwick Park officially open.”
The Mayor also shared his personal experience of Moorfields’ services. He told the audience ”I frequented Moorfields Eye Hospital at City Road as my daughter developed issues with her vision as a toddler which affected her confidence. She had many consultations and received glasses as a result, which greatly improved her confidence."
Moorfields Eye Centre at Northwick Park is one of several satellites that Moorfields runs across London, which means that many patients no longer have to attend the main hospital in central London to access specialist treatment, including regular care for conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease.
The refurbishment was completed in two phases, with the first providing more examination rooms, a large waiting area with separate space for children and increased capacity for undertaking diagnostic tests. The second phase provided a new theatre with pre and post-operative areas alongside an injection suite, pharmacy, seminar room, additional examination rooms and staff changing facilities.
Notes to editors
- Moorfields is one of the world’s leading eye hospitals, providing expertise in clinical care, research and education. We have provided excellence in eye care for more than 200 years and we continue to be at the forefront of new breakthroughs and developments. We are an integral part of one of the UK’s first academic health science centres, UCL Partners, and were one of the first NHS organisations to achieve foundation trust status in 2004.
- We treat the entire range of eye diseases, from common complaints to rare conditions which require treatments not available anywhere else in the UK. We dealt with more than 475,000 patient visits in 2011/12 at our main hospital base in London’s City Road and at 19 other sites in and around the capital, enabling us to provide expert care closer to patients’ homes.
- With our research partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we run one of the largest ophthalmic research programmes in the world and have the highest measure of scientific productivity and impact in the world for our research activity.
- For further information, please visit www.moorfields.nhs.uk
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