Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City

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Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai Health Care City

About Moorfields

Moorfields London was founded over 200 years ago and is both the oldest and largest eye hospital in the world. It is internationally renowned for its comprehensive clinical and research activities. The hospital is a major international tertiary care and training centre in ophthalmology and over half of all ophthalmologists in the UK have received specialist training at the hospital.

Together with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is adjacent to the Hospital, it forms the world’s largest site for eye care, education and research.

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai is the first overseas branch of Moorfields and brings 200 years of excellence in eye care to the Middle East.

Our 200 Years Heritage

At the beginning of the 19th century, ophthalmology was an unknown science. That all changed in the early 1800s as many soldiers returned from the Napoleonic wars suffering with trachoma. With the epidemic as an impetus, and coupled with the encouragement of the influential London surgeon Astley Cooper, John Cunningham Saunders founded the first hospital in the world devoted to the treatment of eye disease in October 1804.

The number of patients seeking treatment steadily increased, forcing a move to a larger site in 1822 and finally to Moorfields present main site on City Road, central London, in 1899. At this time, the first specialist departments were set up (x ray and ultra violet treatment rooms) and the hospital was still operating as a charity where each patient received an admission card that read: “This letter is granted to the applicant in being poor. Its acceptance therefore by anyone not really poor constitutes an abuse of charity.”

In 1935, after a public appeal for £120,000, the George V extension was opened. This provided a new outpatient department, a new ward and an orthoptic department. During the Second World War, the hospital opened its doors to general surgical cases and most of the ophthalmic patients were evacuated out of London. Moorfields received a direct hit from a “doodlebug” in 1944 and suffered serious damage. This was so extensive that the hospital was nearly pulled down and rebuilt on a green field location. However, the site was rebuilt and in 1946 the City Road Hospital amalgamated with the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital, the Central Eye Hospital and took on the clinical facilities of the medical school for the University of London.

With the formation of the NHS in 1948, Moorfields lost its status as a voluntary hospital and in 1956 was officially named as “Moorfields Eye Hospital”. In 1950, the Sixteenth International Congress of Ophthalmology was held at Moorfields and for the first time ever TV cameras were installed in the theatres to demonstrate surgical techniques. Moorfields was redeveloped in the late 1980s allowing for the expansion into more specialist areas. The Trust responsible for Moorfields London now runs outreach community eye clinics at nine other sites where it provides a wide range of ophthalmic services.

Throughout its history Moorfields has been at the forefront of pioneering eye care and it remains one of the largest centres for ophthalmic treatment, research and training in the world. More patients in the UK go to Moorfields than to any other eye hospital or clinic because of its world-famous reputation. This is based on the expertise of its clinical staff and the cutting-edge research taking place. In fact, over half the ophthalmologists practising in the UK, and many more overseas, have received specialist training at Moorfields.

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai was established in 2006 to provide the same outstanding standard of care in the Middle East.

Vision, Mission & Values


Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai aims to be the finest eye hospital in the Middle East by treating every patient with honesty, respect and according to their individual needs. Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai will contribute to education and research programs to facilitate world-class teaching within the region.


To achieve our vision the following mission statements guide Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai:

– Operate to the highest standards, as exemplified by Moorfields Eye Hospital London, and to meet the expectations that the brand name implies.
– Provide a comprehensive range of ophthalmic services for patients.
– Participate in and develop world-class research as opportunities arise, working in conjunction with local partners at DHCC and in the region, as well as with Moorfields Eye Hospital London, and the Institute of Ophthalmology.
– Embrace employment policies and practices that attract and retain high calibre staff, recognising their contribution to the success of the enterprise.


In pursuit of this mission the Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai team consistently display the following attributes.

Professional Whether a clinical professional adhering to the high standards that the Moorfields brand represents, a Patient Management Officer interpreting for a patient during a consultation, or a member of the Finance team, we will always strive to achieve high standards in our work.

Friendly Whoever the patient is, they may feel vulnerable when they come to the hospital. We will help them feel comfortable. We will smile, and support the patients during their visit.
Helpful. Nothing is too trivial for us to help our patients with. All staff will endeavour to provide our patients with any type of assistance they need.

Safe We prioritise safety in everything that we do and in a proactive way. If we see a potential hazard we will deal with it, or bring it to the attention of the Operations Manager, Senior Nurse or Health and Safety link nurses.

Calm Patients should leave Moorfields feeling that they have been looked after by a very confident team, so we will maintain an air of calm every day so that the patients can relax and feel assured.

Positive and flexible We can do whatever is needed. And we don’t wait for some one else to point it out. We are committed to improving any shortcoming we identify in a cooperative and non-critical manner.

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