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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: December 2017


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

In this issue:

  • Introducing Sabina Uddin
  • Friends of Moorfields AGM
  • Celebrating 10 years of Moorfields at Bedford Hospital
  • Corneal Disease and the new Pentacam
  • Memorial to Tony Willoughby

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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:

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Sickle Cell Disease & How it Effects Eyes

Mahi Muqit, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitro-Retinal Specialist talks about Sickle Cell Disease

““Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic condition very prevalent in African, Caribbean and Mediterranean populations as well as the Middle East. Everyone has a protein in their blood called haemoglobin and in Sickle Cell patients, this haemoglobin is abnormal. This means the cells loose
oxygen and they become like a sickle shape, or like small roads. These abnormal cells block up the circulation around the whole body such as the heart, the central nervous system and especially the eyes. Here at Moorfields, we have a very diverse population and treat patients from all over the world, so Sickle Cell is something we see a lot in a veto-retinal practice at Moorfields”

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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 14-03-17

Seeing Patients Smile


Banners and table

‘Seeing Patients Smile’ is a new information leaflet about Friends of Moorfields and the work we do.

  • Our Vision and Mission
  • Our Volunteers
  • Our Grants Programme
  • Supporting Future Ophthalmologists
  • Supporting Children and Young People
  • Ways you can support Friends

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Director of Nursing talks to Friends



Tracy Luckett, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Spoke to Angela Smith, Friends Executive Manager about the role of nurses at Moorfields and how they work with volunteers to provide essential patient care.

“There are over five hundred registered nurses working at Moorfields, and then there are approximately two hundred support nurses, healthcare assistants and technicians who play a really important role. So nurses are the largest workforce within the Trust.”

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Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 22-02-17

‘A Moorfields Day’ Photographic Exhibition



‘A Moorfields Day’ Photographic exhibition.

‘A Moorfields Day’, is a collection of photographs displayed in the canteen at Moorfields City Road capturing the everyday experiences of Moorfields staff and patients. The collection was produced by Research Technician Jane Clipston and supported by Friends of Moorfield.

Reflecting on her collection, Jane said: “These photographs aim to capture aspects of ‘A Moorfields Day’ which are sometimes overlooked in the busy working life of the hospital. There are small shafts of light in unexpected places!”

Dr Mariya Moosajee, consultant ophthalmologist and chair of the trust’s art committee, said: “The arts committee are working to improve the aesthetics of Moorfields for both patients and staff. This collection is a tribute to our staff who work tirelessly everyday.”






Posted By: Angela Smith

Date 13-02-17

Eye Pathology and a Teaching Microscope


With your support we have purchased a Slit Lamp/HDMI Video Microscope for the Institute of Ophthalmology to assist with training.

It is a light microscope connected to a digital camera which displays the image that the operator can see is projected onto a wall screen in real time, allowing the lecturer to respond quickly to questions and give clear demonstrations

Here Dr Caroline Thaung talks about eye pathology and demonstrates the microscope to a group of Friends Volunteers