Introduction to MREH
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.
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
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.