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CCGs approve plans for relocation of Moorfields Eye Hospital

A Committee in Common has agreed to a new £250m development that would see Moorfields move its City Road services to Camden

Moorfields relocation building
A plan to build a £250m integrated eye care and research facility at the St Pancras Hospital site in Camden is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Last Wednesday (12 February), a special meeting of 14 clinical commissioning groups agreed to a proposed relocation of Moorfields Eye Hospital’s City Road services.

The purpose-built facility would also house Moorfields Eye Charity and University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology.

Following Committee in Common approval, the next steps for the project will focus on the design of the new centre.

Multi-national engineering firm, AECOM, will work with architectural firms, Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter, on the project.

Final approval of the plans will be subject acceptance of the full business case which is expected to be put forward for review in 2021. The new facility could be open to patients by 2025–26.

Around 3500 people took part in a consultation that ran between May and September last year.

Moorfields chief executive David Probert highlighted that ideas shared during the consultation will come to life during the formal design phase.

“We will take forward the insight from the consultation into our formal planning phase, particularly around accessibility and patient experience,” he said.

Professor Andrew Dick, director of the Institute of Ophthalmology, said the project will help to develop new treatments as well as improving patient outcomes and improving the staff and student experience.

Moorfields Eye Charity chief executive, Robert Dufton, shared that the charity has committed to raising £100m to support the project.

“We’re very grateful for the pledges so far and are looking for further opportunities to achieve this ambitious project,” he said.

Image credit: Moorfields Eye Hospital