Moorfields Eye Hospital could be relocating to a new site in hopes to cut down on waiting times and visits needed by patients.

The hospital is proposing to move from its century-old site at City Road, Islington to a new facility at St Pancras Hospital in Camden. The move will bring doctors and scientists closer together to optimise care and research, the hospital said.

People from Waltham Forest are now being encouraged to comment on the proposal.

David Probert, chief executive for Moorfields Eye Hospital: “This is a crucial milestone in our ambitious proposal to design, build and operate a new, integrated eye care, research and education facility.

“Our ability to provide modern, efficient and effective treatment is achieved despite the limitations of our century-old City Road site, which sometimes means that patients do not always get the best care, delivered in modern ways.

“That is why we are looking at moving the hospital to a new purpose-built centre where we would be able to transform lives, turn research into new treatments faster and share our knowledge and understanding with the clinicians of tomorrow.”

In 2017 / 2018, more than 12,000 people were referred from Waltham Forest to Moorfields, and the trust treats everything from common complaints to rare conditions.

Mr Probert encourages people to get involved and give their views: “We’ve already had feedback from over 1,600 people across the country through earlier public

engagements and want to make sure that any future decision is made based on the involvement of those who use and provide our services. I strongly encourage patients, staff and the wider public to use this consultation to send us their views.”

The consultation runs until September 16. To comment, visit or fill in an online survey.