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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 07-06-18

National Volunteers Week


Picture of a group of volunteers in green jackets

National Volunteer Week 2018 – 1st – 7th June.

National Volunteers Week is a chance to say a big ‘Thank You!’ to all the wonderful volunteers who give their time freely to support patients and staff at Moorfields.

Volunteers make a significant contribution across the trust to patients, staff and the community spirit at Moorfields. The trust is incredibly fortunate to have had the support over a number of years from a strong and growing band of volunteers which currently stands at around 200. Their concerted efforts go a long way to ensure the trust can continue to offer an excellent service to patients across the network.

Friends of Moorfields volunteers provide support at City Road and some network sites as patient guides and buddies. They help patients with self check-in, support the information desks at City Road and the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre (RDCEC). They also provide valuable assistance at the Friends shop, with the trolley service, the booking centre, accident and emergency, medical imaging and in clinics.

Link to some photos from the week



Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 14-05-18

Bright Horizon’s Young Fundraisers!


Nursery Pictures

Bright Horizon Nursery Chigwell raise ÂŁ664.89!.

A big ‘Thank You!’ to the staff and parents at Bright Horizon’s Nursery in Chigwell who took part in a week of fundraising and awareness raising.

Purdy is two and a half and was born with cataracts. She has been a patient at Moorfields all her life, and lives with a visual impairment. She also attends Bright Horizon’s Day Nursery in Chigwell. Her key worker Sophie recently organised a week of events at the nursery to raise funds for Friends, but also to highlight Purdy’s condition, and some of the challenges she faces, to the other children and parents.

Nursery Manager, Malcolm Vickery said “Here at Bright Horizons Chigwell we recognise and value the individual needs of all the children in our care and this week has been no different. We have a little girl in our nursery who has a visual impairment and during the week we planned many activities to raise money for the hospital that has been supporting her from birth. It amazes us daily how much this little girl has flourished in our care.”

Sophie and Malcolm came to Moorfields to give the cheque to Friend’s Trustee Gus Gazzard, Chief Exec Angela Smith, and Moorfields Consultant Gill Adams.

Cheque Presentation




Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 02-05-18

Moorfields Stars!



Volunteers recognised for long service and contributions to Moorfields at ‘Moorfield’s Stars’.

Friends are delighted that volunteers were recognised for the first time at Moorfields Stars ceremony.

The annual Moorfields’ Stars awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 6 March 2018, at Plaisterers’ Hall, London. Staff, volunteers and their guests enjoyed a memorable afternoon to recognise and reward the academic, professional and volunteering achievements of colleagues throughout 2017.

Now in its ninth year, Moorfields’ Stars of 2017 celebrated staff and volunteers through more award categories and a record number of nominations, over 400 in total. Thank you to Moorfields Eye Charity for supporting the awards scheme and event.

The ceremony began by celebrating those who have achieved academic success, those who have achieved long-service and retirement after long-service, colleagues who have received recognition externally, and our employees of the month who demonstrate ‘The Moorfields Way’

In the second half of the ceremony, the winners of the prestigious competitive categories were announced. Shortlisted finalists in each award category were selected by judging panels representative of staff from across the trust.

Volunteer of the Year: Winner: William Davis for his exceptional organisational skills to help manage the medical imaging reception desk every Wednesday. William has built a strong rapport with patients, particularly patients who require special attention. He is an invaluable support for staff in a very busy clinic. (Also shortlisted: The Friends Shop Team and Sylvia Jenkins

Patients Choice (Individual) Winner: Clerical Officer Kai Owens – for his dedication and compassion toward patients, making them feel supported during their visits to City Road. Patients commented on Kai’s ability to provide a first class service, always with a friendly smile. (Also shortlisted Nicola Dunlop, nurse consultant and Charlie Fergie, paediatric staff nurse)

Patients Choice (Team) Winner: Louisa Wickham and the vitreo-retinal team at Moorfields at St George’s – this team has had an immense impact on patients. The team provide an excellent, efficient and caring service, building trust with patients and providing the highest quality care to patients with sight threatening conditions.

Moorfields Eye Charity award for innovation: Winner: Dawn Sim,  consultant ophthalmic surgeon – for her passion and drive to improve our patients’ experience and working practices for staff by adopting new cloud based technology to make sure the right patients are referred to Moorfields. Dawn has led a pilot to introduce innovative technology to the trust that improves collaboration and learning with high street optometrist practices. (Also shortlisted: Shaun Kirupairatnam, digital applications and informatics architect, and The Vanguard Team)

Moorfields Eye Charity Champion Winner: Flossie Donovan for her passion and commitment to support Moorfields Eye Charity through fundraising activities and being a positive role model and active ambassador for the charity. (Also shortlisted Pete Jones, post-doctoral research associate, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Mariya Moosajee, consultant ophthalmologist and senior lecturer

Team of the Year Winner: Ealing day care and theatre team – despite working in a challenging environment, the team works efficiently and effectively to deliver an excellent service to patients, nominations for the team praised their caring and organised approach. (Also shortlisted The Arts committee and the Refractive laser nursing team)

Start of the Year Winner: David Sheridan Contact Lens Technician – for taking on considerable responsibility to manage the contact lens laboratory for a period of six months on his own. David went the extra mile to fulfil orders for patients who needed them urgently and always demonstrates a positive and collaborative approach to his work with colleagues. (Also Shortlisted Julie Dolan, receptionist and Ella Preston, intravitreal injection database coordinator)

Chairman’s award for outstanding contribution to Moorfields. Winner Paul Sullivan , consultant ophthalmologist, for his dedication and commitment to Moorfields’ trainees, no other ophthalmologist in the country has contributed to the training and support of so many ophthalmic registrars; over 60 each year. Paul has played a significant role and had a game changing impact on the trust’s medical education programme.






Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 27-04-18

Visually Impaired Photographer Exhibits at Moorfields


Mikel with Friends CEO Angela and Laura from The Arts Committee

The Moorfields art committee’s latest exhibition showcases work by visually impaired photographer Mickel Smithen.

Friends are delighted to fund the Art Programme at Moorfields, which includes rolling exhibitions from artists like Mikel.

Mickel lost most of his sight to a brain tumour when he was just five years old and is registered blind. He became interested in photography after attending a workshop for people with sight loss and has learnt to exploit all his senses to help capture an image. Watch this video to find out more about how Mickel captures his photographs.

The photographs that will be displayed in the optometry corridor at City Road have been selected from two of Mickel’s collections focusing on movement and diversity.

Mickel’s portrait photographs feature gay black men after feeling that they were under represented in the magazines he was reading.

Mickel said: “I thought I would take matters into my own hands and do a small project of my own that positively shows gay black men having an afternoon out on the Southbank. I also have a background in dance. I’m very fascinated with movement of the body.”




Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 21-03-18

A major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness


Moorfields Patient and Consultant

Successful trials of new treatment at Moorfields in fight against sight loss caused by AMD.

Patients regain sight after being first to receive retinal tissue engineered from stem cells:

  • Successful trial on patients using new stem cell based treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • Results from a clinical study suggest the treatment is safe and effective.
  • The study is a major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness and could lead to an ‘off-the-shelf’ treatment within five years.

The first patients to receive a new treatment derived from stem cells for people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have regained reading vision.

The results of this ground-breaking clinical study, published in Nature Biotech, described the implantation of a specially engineered patch of retinal pigment epithelium cells derived from stem cells to treat people with sudden severe sight loss from wet AMD. It is hoped that it will also help treat dry AMD in the future.

It’s the first description of a complete engineered tissue that has been successfully used in this way.

Link to more information





Moorfields Medical Director

Declan Flanagan was appointed Medical Director at Moorfields in 2010, and since then the trust has practically doubled in size: in terms of numbers of patients seen, numbers of operations done; amount of research done and in terms of money spent on behalf of patients.

Declan is shortly to stand down after 8 years in post, and he spoke to Angela Smith about some of the best, and also some of the more challenging aspects of his role.

“I think the most important thing for me is being able to make a difference. What we can offer patients in ophthalmology has extended enormously in the past 20 years and I have had a big role in making sure that patients get access to new treatments. “

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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 18-12-17

Peacock Newsletter: March 2018


Peacock and FriendZ

‘Peacock’ is our quarterly newsletter giving information about Friends of Moorfields and the work we do.

In this issue:

  • Goodbye and Bon Voyage to Susan Hoyal
  • Volunteers at Moorfields
  • Interview with Moorfields Medical Director – Declan Flanagan
  • Rare Diseases Day
  • Supporting Play at Moorfields South
  • In Memory of Peter Cooper

Download Peacock Here

FriendZ is our publication for Children and Young People. Learn about your cornea and other ways your eye works; how Moorfields take photographs of eyes; puzzles and a wordsearch

Download FriendZ Here


Cornea Disease and the Pentacam

Picture of Frank Larkin with the new Pentacam

Frank Larkin came to Moorfields as a Senior Trainee in 1990 and has worked here ever since. He became a Consultant in 1997. He is one of the three consultants who deal with cornea problems in children, and his clinic is in the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre.

Here Mr Larkin talks to Angela Smith about different  things that can affect the cornea for both children and adults, and explains how the Pentacam Friends recently purchased will help with diagnosis and treatment:

“The cornea is the curved and transparent ‘window’ structure at the front of the eye. So we don’t actually see the cornea when we look at the eye of a patient – we see through it, at the black pupil and the coloured iris. When the cornea, in disease, loses its transparency this causes problems with vision in that eye for the patient.”

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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 17-11-17

Friends AGM – 16th Nov 2017


Friends of Moorfields AGM.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our recent AGM, especially to our speakers, Nick Strouthidis, Service Director for Glaucoma; Steven Davies, Chief Finance Officer & Deputy Chief Executive; and David Probert Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust .

At the beginning of the meeting Vice Chairman Virginia Spence-Jones announced Trustee’s decision to change Angela Smith’s job title from ‘Executive Manager ‘ to ‘Chief Executive’ in light of the significant expansion of Friends, her increased  responsibilities and her achievements over the past few years.

Nick Strouthidis then started the meeting with a presentation on latest techniques for glaucoma treatments, and explained ways that Moorfields is addressing the ever increasing demand for the glaucoma service with additional, optometrist led clinics and the new facilities in Cayton Street.

Steven Davies then spoke about funding in the NHS generally, and Moorfields more specifically, and discussed ways that Friends can and do support Moorfields.

Friends Vice-Chairman Virginia Spence-Jones then presented the Chairman’s report looking back at Friends achievements over the past year. She highlighted the great work we are doing to increase the number of volunteers working at Moorfields and also thanked all those who have worked hard to fundraise for us. Virginia also thanked and acknowledged the hard work of the Friends staff team.

Treasurer Kevin Custis presented the accounts and Annual Report
Link to Annual Report and Accounts to 31st March 2017

Friends’ Chief Executive Angela Smith spoke about what Friends hope to achieve during the next 12 months. She emphasised the objective to continue expanding the volunteer programme, as well as focusing on patient information and support through management of the Health Hub at City Road.

Finally David Probert, Moorfields CEO updated the meeting about latest developments at Moorfields in light of the recent strategy refresh.

The meeting finished with awards to volunteers for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years service. With a special award for Natalia Tomashpolskaya who has been a member of Friends staff for 15 years.

Link to Nick Strouthidis Presentation
Link to Steven Davies Presentation
Link to Chairmnan’s Presentation – Virginia Spence-Jones
Link to Executive Manager’s Presentation – Angela Smith
Link to David Probert’s Presentation




‘People’s Sight Matters’ Jo Moss talks about Moorfields strategy refresh

Jo Moss is the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Moorfields .

“Our core belief is People’s Sight Matters’ We want to have an emphasis on why we all come to work, why we all care. It was really clear from talking to patients and talking to staff that it is an understanding that people’s sight is really important and that is the thing that we need to hold central to everything we do no matter where we are working, which of our networked sites or what our job role is, whether that be delivering front line services, or in our finance department – that people’s sight matters should be the golden thread that carries through”

Here Jo tells Angela Smith about the process they went through to refresh the strategy and ways Friends can help with the delivery.

Read more about the strategy here:

Click on the arrow to listen to the interview: