The reputation of Moorfields Eye Hospital has been elevated since the eye care provider opened a unit in the same name in Dubai, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The Middle East branch of the hospital opened in July 2007 to treat patients, many of whom would previously have had to travel further afield for treatment.
Having an international presence such as this has several advantages, beyond the obvious benefit to patients in the Middle East.
It enhances Moorfields' strong reputation abroad, generates income that can be reinvested in NHS services, and expands our capacity for good quality research by giving us access to larger numbers of patients with rare eye conditions or genotypes.
A leading doctor in China warns NHS hospitals will have to offer a level of quality and comfort way above the standards patients are used to
NHS hospitals will be asked to set up profit-making branches abroad with the money generated used to care for patients in the UK.