The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


Designing Adaptable Healthcare Spaces

How innovative spatial design has helped transform care at a London eye hospital.

Moorfields Eye Hospital

13 November 2023

By Professor Grant Mills, Dr Anne Symons, Professor Duncan Wilson and Professor Peter Scully

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, the challenges facing the UK national health service (NHS) multiplied.

In addition to dealing with the immediate effects of the virus, hospitals and clinicians struggled against restrictive measures that slowed routine services – such as ophthalmology – to a crawl.

By 2021, the devastating effects were apparent:

  • A 23% reduction in eye test delivery during 2020 – 4.3 million less tests than in 2019
  • 235,000 necessary eye surgeries missed or delayed
  • 2,986 estimated cases of avoidable blindness and vision loss, purely due to delayed diagnosis and treatment of eye disease

With no more time to waste, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from UCL, including Professor Duncan Wilson from The Bartlett Centre for Spatial Analysis, was commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to find new ways to reduce the backlog at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Read the full story in The Bartlett Review