2014 will mark 200 years since the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital was founded and there will be a programme of events and activities to celebrate throughout the year. There will also be plenty of opportunity for you to get involved, whether attending an event or sharing your memories and experiences with us.
We want to ensure that our bicentenary doesn’t pass by without the recognition it deserves; celebrating the past but more importantly, noting our achievements and looking forward to our future together with the recently opened LaserVision clinic at the hospital.
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital was established in 1814 and is now one of the largest teaching eye hospitals in Europe and one of only two dedicated eye hospitals in the country. Globally acknowledged as a centre of excellence, the Eye Hospital is renowned for its pioneering work in all aspects of ophthalmology, including out-patient care, surgery and education. The hospital is part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The decision that brought Manchester Royal Eye Hospital into being was taken at the Bridgewater Arms in the centre of the city, on 21st October 1814. Recent increased interest in the blind and eyecare in general led one William James Wilson to start the ball rolling on the now-fashionable King Street. 194 years ago, the general public were trailing to a tiny house with rent of £25 a year to have their inversion of the eyelids and strumulous inflammation attended to – footballers parading with oversized shopping bags were a world away.
Above: The hospital in 1965 and the Queen and Duke’s visit to the hospital in 2012.
Now, the hospital is located on Oxford Road and is part of a £500million complex along with three of our Trust’s other hospitals; Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint Mary’s Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The new hospital boasts a multitude of services at patients’ disposal, including The Emergency Eye Centre, The Acute Referral Centre, Ophthalmic Imaging, Ultrasound Unit, Electrodiagnosis, Laser Unit, Optometry, Orthoptics, Manchester Eye Bank and the Ocular Prosthetics Department.
We provide secondary and tertiary care to residents of Greater Manchester and beyond and provide an extensive range of services and facilities for both adults and children.
Here on the blog we shall bring you updates on news and events as well as how you can keep in touch with us. The official MREH 200 anniversary website is now live, click here to visit the site where you can find out even more information about the hospital’s history and celebrations for next year.