HM The Queen opens The Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre
London , 23 February 2007
Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre today. Her Majesty arrived at the new multi-million pound site at Peerless Street, EC1 where local residents and Moorfields staff gave her a warm welcome. Even a few spots of light rain couldn't dampen the spirits.
She was greeted on the steps of the new centre by Sir Thomas Boyd Carpenter (pictured left with Her Majesty), Chairman of Moorfields and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant. A bagpiper performed as her Majesty entered the building.
She was taken on a tour of the new centre, where she was shown the facilities and met members of staff. This included the recovery area where children go after their operation, the clinic daycare facilities, and the research floor.
Her Majesty then came to the ground floor and was welcomed by children from Morelands School, Islington who sang her a special song about Moorfields.
Ian Balmer, Chief Executive (pictured right) commented: “It's wonderful that everyone involved in the building; from architects, clinicians, nurses, donors, designers and patients came together today to mark this momentous occasion. It was a real team effort, and everyone contributed their bit. It's an absolutely amazing building, and we are honoured that Her Majesty came to open the Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre today. When patients do arrive they will notice that it doesn't look like a hospital, and this was completely deliberate, as we want both patients and families to feel comfortable. Moorfields is now in possession of a world class facility, and we hope to see thousands of children and make a real difference to their lives.”