From the Moorfield Eye Charity Official Website:
Moorfields Eye Charity raises funds, above and beyond those normally provided by the NHS, to enable Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 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 ophthalmic research and education.
Moorfields was founded in 1804 and opened in 1805. We are the oldest and one of the largest centres for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in the world.
Charitable support has funded, and continues to fund, some significant projects. Recent examples include: building and equipping the largest children’s eye centre in the world; supporting research innovations in eye care; helping to tackle avoidable blindness across West Africa; developing a state-of-the-art stem cell research unit at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology; equipping Moorfields new Research and Treatment Centre for Eyes and Vision to speed up the translation of research advances into clinical and surgical benefits for patients; and assisting in the development of an integrated support service to provide psychological and emotional support and professional counselling for Moorfields’ patients.
Last year you helped Moorfields Eye Charity to raise over £5.5m as we strive to deliver the best treatment, care and research for people with eye problems.
Record numbers of patient attendances
In 2008/09, Moorfields recorded almost 300,000 outpatient attendances in our clinics and 65,000 attendances at our specialist A&E department. We carried out nearly 30,000 inpatient and day-case procedures, more than 7,000 laser treatments and around 4,500 treatment procedures for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
A pioneering tradition
Moorfields has 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 recently celebrated five years as one of the country’s first NHS foundation trusts.
We continue to make headlines with our ground-breaking research. Along with our partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we have the highest measure of scientific productivity and impact in the world for our research activity.”