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Moorfields secures £18 million in Government funding for new eye care centre

The planned St Pancras facility is one of 75 projects that will receive a boost through investment in the long-term future of the NHS

Moorfields Eye Hospital sign

Moorfields Eye Hospital’s Oriel project has secured £18 million in funding from the Department of Health and Social Care to design, build and operate a new eye care facility.

The project will involve relocating all Moorfields Eye Hospital services from City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street to an integrated eye care, research and education facility at St Pancras Hospital.

Moorfields Eye Hospital is scheduled to appoint a designer on the project next year and will also run a public consultation.

The hospital’s chief executive, David Probert, said: “We’re very pleased that we have been successful with our bid. This is fantastic news and a really exciting opportunity.”

Last month five shortlisted teams showcased their proposed designs for Oriel.

An evaluation panel is reviewing their work and will select their preferred team to design the new building.

Other projects that received funding through the £963 million investment to upgrade NHS services included the development of a new emergency department in Walsall and an expansion of mental health services in Newcastle, Gateshead and Liverpool.