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December 1930

The Annual Report of the Royal London Ophthalmic (Moorfields) Hospital, 1929.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;4(6):977. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810140189014

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This report records the commencement of the first portion of the scheme of extension and reconstruction, which has recently been inaugurated. The plan includes the providing of facilities for patients of private means who are debarred from the general wards by their ability to pay something for their treatment, but who have not sufficient means to meet the expenses of a nursing home, an institution to which London surgeons refer those who are able to pay the usual fees.

This is a decided innovation, and the example set by Moorfields should be followed by similar institutions elsewhere, it being as much an act of charity to provide those of moderate means with adequate facilities as it is to care for the destitute. Additional accommodations are also provided by the hospital for the enormous outpatient service, 45,876 new outpatients having been treated in 1929, for the up-to-date physical therapy department

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