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About Us

Introduction to Manchester Royal Eye 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.



On 23rd March 2012, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited to officially open the new Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, as well as the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Saint Mary's Hospital. The visit was part of the Diamond Jubilee tour and was featured heavily in national and international press.


In 2014, we celebrated 200 years since the hospital was founded and there was a programme of events and activities throughout the year.  This presented an opportunity to share memories and experiences with us.

Read more about the celebrations here


Who we are

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital consists of over 450 staff including 35 consultant ophthalmologists, dedicated ophthalmic nurses, innovative optometry and orthoptic professionals, expert ophthalmic science practitioners and fantastic support staff in administration.

The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital consultant surgeons, who are leaders in their fields of ophthalmology, carry out all types of eye surgery. The surgeons are fully accredited specialists with the General Medical Council and are NHS consultants. All consultants are ably assisted by the superb after-care team that prides itself on the delivery of the very best in patient care.

Where we are

The main 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 Department, Ophthalmic Imaging, Ultrasound Unit, Electrodiagnostics, Laser Unit, Optometry, Orthoptics, Manchester Eye Bank and Ocular Prosthetics. On the ground floor of the new two-storey hospital the main reception area incorporates everything needed for outpatient visits including 24 examination rooms, five laser treatment rooms and two ultrasound rooms.

Beyond our central site, we have select services running in Stockport, Trafford, Altrincham, Rochdale and Withington

What we do

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.

Links to all our services are on the left hand side.

Our Heritage

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.

Read more on our heritage

Patient Experience Standards

During yours or your child's care with us we commit to ensure that your needs are at the centre of your care.  We respect the fact that you have the right to choose, accept or decline treatment and will ensure that you have appropriate information and support to enable you to make informed decisions.  At any point during your care you can choose to have a second opinion.  If you wish to gain a second opinion you should discuss this request with your GP or consultant.