Dubai’s Moorfields Hospital inspired international healthcare expansion
Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dubai, was opened in 2007 and led to the Moorfields international operating model which has been developed over the past 10 years in the UAE.
The hospital was opened by the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which was established in 1804.
The trust is one of the oldest and biggest ophthalmic treatment, teaching, and research centres in the world.
Following the opening of the Dubai hospital, the centre has treated more than 150,000 patients and has become one of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) leading eye care clinics.
Moorfields expanded with the UAE to Abu Dhabi, in partnership with United Eastern Medical Services (UEMS), but more recently opened another Dubai centre targeted at children.
The paediatrics centre was developed in collaboration Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital and will serve international patients within the region, as well as domestic patients.
The site also aims to target collaberative initiatives other than treating people; exploring clinical research, training, and education.
“Moorfields has managed to extend its regional patient and brand reach through a flexible international network delivery model in the UAE,” said Mariano Gonzalez, Managing Director at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai.
“One of the challenges is to scale services and ensure a consistent and joined-up network, whilst delivering the same high standard of care to patients, despite regional variances in licensing and regulatory requirements.”
“As our expansion continues, the challenge remains to recruit high quality consultants - although the UAE remains an attractive destination. Moorfields' experience in the UAE over the last 10 years may provide a blueprint for other healthcare providers to follow - there is no doubt that we have enjoyed all the benefits that the UAE provides.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”