Western Eye Hospital

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Western Eye Hospital
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
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Western Eye Hospital is located in City of Westminster
Western Eye Hospital
Location within Westminster
Location Marylebone Road, London, England [1]
Coordinates 51°31′15″N 0°09′49″W / 51.5208°N 0.1635°W / 51.5208; -0.1635Coordinates: 51°31′15″N 0°09′49″W / 51.5208°N 0.1635°W / 51.5208; -0.1635
Care system NHS England
Hospital type Specialist
Emergency department Yes
Founded 1856
Website www.imperial.nhs.uk/westerneye/index.htm

Western Eye Hospital (WEH) is an ophthalmology hospital in west London. It is managed by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.


The hospital was founded by Henry Obre and John Woolcott, both surgeons, at St John's Place in Lisson Grove as the St Marylebone Eye and Ear Institution in 1856.[2] It moved to a larger facilities in Marylebone Road in 1860 and an out-patients department was opened by the Marquess of Ripon in 1904.[2] After the existing facility at Marylebone Road became very dilapidated, a new purpose-built facility was built on the same site and opened in March 1930.[2] It joined the National Health Service in 1948 and was renamed the Western Eye Hospital in 1993.[2]


The hospital operates an emergency department 24-hours a day, for ambulance and walk-in cases. It features a minor surgical theatre, a triage system, inpatient beds and two ophthalmic operating theatres. It treats a wide range of eye conditions from glaucoma to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness.[3]


See also


  1. ^ "Western Eye Hospital Address".
  2. ^ a b c d "Western Eye Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Our service". Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ Leverett 2005, p. 60.


External links

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare Ophthalmology services
  • Ophthalmology at Western Eye Hospital
  • Lost Hospitals of London  – Western Eye Hospital - history of the hospital to the present
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