Going for Gold - Welcome to Moorfields in Stratford

Moorfields Eye Hospital is pleased to announce that from 28 July 2014 they will provide ophthalmic care services at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre in the former London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic park in Newham.

Patients referred to the new five-day-a-week service will be seen by eye care specialists who can provide treatment for general ophthalmology, paediatrics (children’s vision clinics), diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration.  A monitoring service for Newham glaucoma patients, currently seen at other Moorfields sites in London, will also be provided.

Dilani Siriwardena, consultant ophthalmologist and Clinical Director for Moorfields East, which the new service will be managed under, said: “The Moorfields team are delighted to be working here with the local community in Stratford, providing patients with a range of services to treat eye conditions and bringing high-quality eye care closer to their homes.

“It’s a real privilege to be establishing the service in the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre and to have the opportunity to build on the Olympic legacy in this way. We are pleased to have been able to work with NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group to bring this service to the people of Newham and are looking forward to welcoming new and existing patients.”

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, Chair  of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Local people being able to access care closer to their homes is a priority of the CCG. We are delighted to have the expert eye care services provided by Moorfields here in Newham ”

Moorfields has been providing eye care in central London for 200 years and now has more than 20 years’ experience in providing care in community locations and other hospitals around the capital through our networked satellite model. In East London, we also provide services at our eye centres in Mile End hospital, St Anns Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital.

Photo shows: The Moorfields’  team  lining up to provide the eye care service at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre  in Stratford: back row from left to right Jonathan Clarke, Thein Win, Niaz Islam, William McIntyre and front row Jocelyn Reyes and Meng Hsiao.

Editors’ Notes

  • Moorfields consultant orthoptist and optometrist will also be working in the paediatric  service at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health  and Wellbeing Centre  health. It won’t be the first time a Moorfields optometrist has worked in the Olympic Park facility. Elaine Sykes, a Moorfields optometrist for 25 years, was one of the eye care professionals chosen to provide services for the for the athletes in the Olympic health centre during the 2012Games.
  • Moorfields is one of the world’s leading eye hospitals, providing expertise in clinical care, research and education. We have 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 also one of the new academic health science networks. We were one of the first NHS organisations to achieve foundation trust status in 2004.
  • We treat the entire range of eye diseases, from common complaints to rare conditions which require treatments not available anywhere else in the UK. We dealt with more than 528,824 attendances in 2012/13 at our main hospital base in London’s City Road and at 21 other sites in and around the capital, enabling us to provide expert care closer to patients’ homes.
  • With our research partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we run one of the largest ophthalmic research programmes in the world and have the highest measure of scientific productivity and impact in the world for our research activity.

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