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Moorfields featured in BBC documentary: How the NHS changed our world

20 June 2018

Moorfields Eye Hospital will be featured in a unique documentary series created by the BBC to spotlight the pioneering work of NHS hospitals.

‘How the NHS changed our world’ is a five-part series, with each episode focusing on the life-changing work done by NHS hospitals around the country. Moorfields Eye Hospital has been selected as the London based trust to feature and the programme showcases our work with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the research funding support provided by Moorfields Eye Charity.

In the episode, the BBC and Dr Oscar Duke will embark on a journey to look at how Moorfields Eye Hospital has transformed eye care and saved the sight of millions of patients. Himself a patient at Moorfields since the age of three, Dr Duke explores how the 1960s and 70s transformed Moorfields from a general eye hospital to a specialist centre of excellence.

He discovers the inspiration behind cataract lenses, how Moorfields has transformed the way corneal transplants are carried out, and looks at how a single injection has saved the sight of millions on the NHS.

Cameras take a trip to the imaging department, revealing how ophthalmic artist Terry Tarrant used watercolours in the 1950s to capture the eye - now done using cutting-edge equipment.

Dr Duke chats with staff from across Moorfields about the pioneering work being done here, including Pearse Keane talking about the use of artificial intelligence in diagnosing eye conditions, Mark Wilkins talking about how cataract surgery has evolved over the years and Mariya Moosajee discussing how examining zebra fish can help in developing gene therapy treatments in humans.

He meets patients, young and old, who have had their sight saved by Moorfields including 92 year-old Nonny, who had a cornea transplant in 1958; and 11 year-old Max, who had a double transplant last year.

He is given exclusive access to cutting-edge treatments for a patient who was a victim of an acid attack who is undergoing stem cell treatment and a five year-old who undergoes gene therapy to rectify a genetic condition that is robbing her of sight.

‘How the NHS changed our world’ will be aired on Wednesday 20 June at 7pm on BBC One London and Wednesday 27 June at 7pm on BBC Two. To watch the episode online, please visit the BBC website at: https://bbc.in/2ta4vgL

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