Exclusive: Moorfields Eye Hospital is considering building a new hospital to replace its iconic premises on the City Road in London, CN has learned.
The famous hospital has been based on its current site in Old Street, in the City of London, for over a hundred years, since moving there in 1899.
The hospital authorities are at present undecided as to whether to rebuild the facility at its current site or move elsewhere.
A spokesman from the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust told CN they were “actively looking at all options to potentially build a new hospital”, along with partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
The Institute of Ophthalmology is a leading research centre for research based in nearby Bath Street.
“Work continues to determine the make-up and size of any new facility, which will ultimately influence our decision on whether to rebuild the hospital in its current location, or moving elsewhere.”
Moorfields, founded in 1804, is one of the oldest and largest centres of treatment, teaching and research in its field in the world.
It focuses on the treatment and care of NHS patients with a wide range of problems, operating from the main hospital in City Road and several other locations in London.
It became an NHS Foundation Trust in 2004.