A 21st-century facility for Moorfields Eye Hospital

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent engagement exercise about our proposals to move our main central London hospital from City Road near the Old Street roundabout to more modern facilities in the King's Cross/Euston area. We plan to do this in partnership with our research colleagues at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Why we need a new facility

We need a new facility for several reasons:

  • Our existing buildings in City Road are more than 100 years old and were built at a time when hospital care was provided very differently to how it is now – they are no longer suited to the provision of 21st-century clinical care, research or education
  • Our ageing infrastructure is growing increasingly difficult and costly to maintain
  • The configuration of our existing buildings offers little scope for true integration between the clinical, research and teaching elements of our work, which will be crucial if we are to achieve our vision for the future (see section 2 below)
  • Although intermediate refurbishments go some way to improving the environment for our patients and staff, they are no substitute for purpose-built accommodation

About the engagement exercise

Our board of directors agreed to focus all our efforts on moving, rather than trying to rebuild on our current campus, in March 2013, following an extensive options appraisal, and the engagement exercise sought to hear wider views to enable us to develop our plans further; in particular, we wanted to understand the factors that are considered the most important for us to take into account when we make a final decision about a new site. 

In parallel with the engagement exercise, we are working with the local health overview and scrutiny committee and our host commissioners to ensure that we comply with our formal consultation obligations as set out in NHS legislation. 

It is important to understand that this engagement exercise was not about changing the services we currently provide;  wherever we are based, we will continue to offer high quality clinical care, research and education in a central London location, supported by a network of satellite locations in and around the capital, just as we do now. 

The engagement exercise ran for 12 weeks between Monday 25 November 2013 and Friday 14 February 2014.  

Views were collected using a feedback from at the end of our engagement document, which was available online and in hard copy around the main hospital and in satellite locations, or on request.  We also held several drop-in sessions for people to find out more and published information via our social media channels and in more traditional media outlets.

The comments we received are now being collated and the findings will be published in due course.