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Hrh Prince Michael Kent Celebrate 200 Years Visionary Care Bristol Eye Hospital

10 June 2010

HRH Prince Michael of Kent will celebrate 200 years of visionary care at Bristol Eye Hospital by unveiling a commemorative plaque on Wednesday 16 June.

Prince Michael of Kent will be visiting the hospital as part of his role as Patron of the National Eye Research Centre (NERC).  NERC supports research in institutions throughout the UK and researchers in the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology at the Bristol Eye Hospital and University of Bristol have benefited from substantial support over the years. Prince Michael of Kent will be meeting researchers, including those from Bristol, who are working on projects funded by NERC as well as having an opportunity to find out more about developments at the hospital.

Professor Andrew Dick, Faculty Research Director for Medicine and Dentistry and Head of Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, said:

"We are delighted that HRH Prince Michael of Kent will be joining in our celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Bristol Eye Hospital. The Bristol Eye Hospital and University of Bristol have been fortunate enough to have worked with NERC closely for many years and greatly appreciate their support. Through research they have contributed to improvements in care for our patients."

Bristol Eye Hospital is one of the country's leading specialist hospitals, at the forefront of ophthalmology and has been serving the people of Bristol since 1810.

Eye care and treatment has seen considerable advancements during the hospital's history. It now provides cornea, glaucoma, retina and emergency care as well as other specialties.  The hospital treats 78,000 outpatients and 20,000 accident and emergency admissions each year.

This event is part of a number of celebrations taking place throughout the year to mark the 200th anniversary of the hospital.