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 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.