Training Course for KKESH Employee children  on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

The Department of Training and Scholarship at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital on Thursday, 11 November 2017  in the West building of the hospital, organized a course for the children of employees to introduce them to the correct methods of CPR techniques when there is a situation that calls for rapid intervention as a social responsibility for the management of training and scholarship towards the community.

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Fireworks: A Danger threatening the

Dr. Huda Abdullah Al-Ghadeer, Chief of Emergency Department at King Khalid Specialist Hospital, asserted that fireworks usually cause eye injuries for both the users and the people around. Most of the injuries caused by fireworks are in the eye then hands and fingers.

She mentioned that the eye injuries caused by fireworks are often acute and can cause permanent loss of visual acuity or loss of sight. Al Ghadeer shed light on the types of injuries that may result from the use of fireworks, indicating that burns of the eyelid and conjunctiva rupture of the eyelid and eyeball in addition to corneal wounds are considered to be the most serious injuries. She added that the user or the people around the user are at risk that a foreign body gets into the eye in addition to causing hematoma to the anterior chamber.

She added that these injuries may have complications overtime to cause corneal opacity, cataract, glaucoma, displacement of the natural lens, injuries in the bottom of the eye, retinal detachment, loss of sight and it may even cause total loss of the eye.

Dr. Al-Ghadeer stressed a number of precautions that must be taken into account while dealing with fireworks. At first, she stressed that adults should light fireworks outside homes after choosing the right place, which should be spacious and free from any obstruction or flammable materials. She demanded wearing protective glasses to enjoy a safe Eid day.  She warned of trying to re-ignite the fireworks or trying to manufacture them at homes.

Dr. Al-Ghadeer stressed not to rub the eye in the case of any injury and demanded not to wash it with water or try to remove foreign objects that may be stuck to the eye. She stressed the need to go to the emergency department to receive the necessary medical care when an eye injury occurs due to the use of fireworks.

 

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Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmad Opens Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting 2107

Under the auspices of H.E. Dr.Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, Health Minister, H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmad, President of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society and H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Rajhi, General Executive Director of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKEAH) initiated the activities of the three-day Saudi Ophthalmology Meeting 2017 which was held in Prince Sultan hall at Al- Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. 

The Opening ceremony began with reciting some verses of the Holy Quran followed by the Opening speech of KKESH given by Dr. Saleh Al-Mesfer, Executive Medical Director, in which he pointed out that the meeting of this year focuses on the recent advances in ophthalmology which includes: "uveitis, anterior segment, retina, glaucoma, optometry and pharmacological activity", in addition to the symposium about the Management of Ophthalmology Practices East and West Connection. He explained that KKEH aims to provide distinguished and leading specialist healthcare services which meet the highest standards of healthcare in addition to the hospital's major role in research and studies of eye diseases and treatment. He added that KKESH is an educational and training center which trains and qualifies ophthalmologists and professionals who provide supportive health services to keep up with the global advances. Up to this year, (311) fellows (male and female) have completed the sub-specialty fellowship program; (32) of them are from the gulf countries.  

He concluded by thanking His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society, for his efforts to develop ophthalmology in the Kingdom and for his unlimited contributions to prevent  visual impairment locally, regionally and internationally. He also extended thanks to Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah for the auspices of the meeting and his support to the hospital. 

 H.H Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmad ben Abdulaziz gave a speech in which he said:

I would like to welcome you to the scientific meeting of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society 2017, with the participation of selective ophthalmologists from Saudi universities and hospitals and from the neighbor countries. We are pleased that this meeting is a combination of both (the 29 annual scientific meeting of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society) and (the 34 KKESH symposium).  This meeting hosts (19) international visiting professors.

He added: "The Society aims to promote continuous medical education. (29) Scientific meetings were held annually by the society. It also organized more than 60 scientific symposia in different regions of the Kingdom to educate primary healthcare physicians. The Society also held more than (160) general symposia to raise awareness about common eye diseases, and published 23 booklets to enhance health awareness. These publications were distributed in conferences, symposia, seminars and events. The Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology has achieved a distinguished position as a peer-reviewed journal in ophthalmology which releases studies and scientific researches to support the specialist researcher and to develop eye disease research. It is an electronic journal that is available through the most famous international sites specialized in the publication of scientific and medical journals. The society website continues its success in providing services to the ophthalmology community in its Arabic and English versions meeting the expectations of the Society members and the ophthalmology community.  This year's meeting focuses on the new advances in the field of ophthalmology, optometry and blindness prevention. We are pleased with the increase in the number of members of the Society and the number of participants in this meeting with about 1800 participants and 45 medical companies participating in the medical exhibition accompanying the meeting. In conclusion, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, for his support and care of medicine in general and ophthalmology in particular, and thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Honorary President, for the good guidance which placed the Society in a distinguished position regionally and internationally."

H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al Rajhi, General Executive Director of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital, delivered the speech of His Excellency Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, in which he said: "I would like to welcome you to the Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium of this year which represents the cooperation and integrity that the Ministry seeks in its partnership with scientific societies and academic institutions.

He stressed that this partnership represents the Kingdom's vision 2030 and the optimal use of the rich resources of the country. Ophthalmology was one of the first medical specialties to drive our health progress. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital played a pivotal role in establishing a strong base in this field which we are proud of regionally and globally. The hospital is the first in the Middle East to obtain the HEISS Stage7. It is also the most publishing medical center of ophthalmology researches in the Arab world, as well as being a global training and educational center.

 The Ministry of Health is fully aware that the continuing this excellence requires continuing the improvement and development of efforts, through enhancing staff performance by training and improving work environment. It is also important to focus on the quality of research to include national surveys and investigations about our common diseases. We are keen to keep the hospital excellence by holding international seminars and leading the scientific progress in its field. The Ministry of Health will spare no effort in supporting the hospital in maintaining its distinguished cadres and attracting distinguished people both locally and internationally.

 In conclusion, he extended thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his continuous support to all eye activities locally and internationally. He also thanked all institutions and staff for organizing this meeting.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud granted "Prince Ahmad ben Abdulaziz shield of excellence to the representative of the Society in the Kingdom regions, Dr. Ali Al Khairiy, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Representative of Ophthalmology in Makkah Al Mukarramah Region, for excellence in the field of medical education, awareness raising and health education.

 

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Ahmed's shield for blindness prevention was awarded to Prof. Kaufen Naide, Head of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in Africa, Executive Chief of the Brian Holden Medical Foundation and Associate Professor of Optics at the University of Kozulua and the University of Salos in Philadelphia. He is also the one who presented the lecture of Prince Abdulaziz   bin Ahmad Shield for blindness Prevention under the title (the results of global cooperation in preventing the blindness of children

The gold medal of the Saudi Society of Ophthalmology was awarded to Dr. Ahmed Mokhtar Abu Al-Asrar, Professor of Ophthalmology at King Saud University. The Society used to select the most important subject for ophthalmologists in the Kingdom and the best expert ophthalmologist. The subject of the gold lecture was (determining the types of inflammatory factors in patients with uveitis helps to determine the appropriate immunotherapy). In these studies, the types of cytokines and chemokines found in the eyes of patients with various uveitis were identified to determine the immune causes of these inflammations. This will lead to determining the appropriate immunotherapy for each type of infection.

King Khalid Memorial Lecture Award was granted to Professor Arun Singh, Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Oncology and Pathology, Department of Oncology, Colle Institute of Ophthalmology, Cliff Land Clinic. The title of the lecture was "Anterior Segment and Surrounding Parts: a series of presentations".

The shield of the Saudi Society of Ophthalmology, which is awarded annually by the Society to one of its members for his/her distinguished scientific and social contributions to the various fields of ophthalmology, was awarded to Dr. Hassan bin Ayel Al-Thibi, Senior Consultant of Ophthalmology at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital and Chairman of the Saudi Retina Group in recognition for his efforts in supporting the educational objectives and activities of ophthalmology, especially in the vitreoretinal field.

A number of medical companies were honored for their support to various areas of eye care. Amico, Bayer, Mondivarma, Medicals International were awarded the first excellence shields.  Three companies namely Gulf First, Al Basar and EMS were awarded the Diamond Shields.

H.H Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz launched the medical exhibition. He walked around the exhibition with Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi and a number of participant ophthalmologists. The exhibition includes 45 platforms for the latest medical devices and drugs for eye surgery and treatment.

 

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King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital Encounter Glaucoma with an Awareness Campaign

King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital will participate in the celebration of the World Glaucoma Week from 13 - 19 Jumada II 1438 AH corresponding to 12 - 18 March 2017.

The hospital is keen to participate in such world health events in order to promote health and raise the level of health awareness among the members of the community. This participation comes through a number of events organized by the hospital, where the hospital in cooperation with King Salman Social Center organizes an awareness lecture in the center for men and women about glaucoma that will be presented by the consultants from King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital, Dr. Ibrahim Abdulkarim Al Jadaan, Ophthalmology Consultant, and Dr. Ohood Abdulaziz Owaydah, Ophthalmology Consultant, on Sunday, 13 Jumada II 1438 AH from 7-8 P.M. Also, intraocular pressure will be measured for the visitors. In addition to that, a number of the hospital’s doctors will do many interviews on T.V. and radio channels to talk about glaucoma disease. The hospital will publish through its accounts on the social media educational videos and posters and interviews with the specialized ophthalmologists in glaucoma to spread awareness among the members of the community.

Direct contact with " A Doctor on the Phone" service is available on 011 4826421 as follows:
Sunday 13/6/1438 AH, From 10 A.M. to 12 P.M., Dr. Saad Al Amri                          
Monday 14/6/1438 AH, From 1 P.M. to 3 P.M., Dr. Ahood  Owaydah                                                    
Tuesday 15/6/1438 AH, From 10 A.M. to 12 P.M., Dr. Ali Al Bishri                                          
Wednesday 16/6/1438 AH, From 10 A.M. to 12 P.M., Dr. Alaa Mufti

 

 

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KKESH Celebrates the World Diabetes Day 2016 under the theme of “Eyes on Diabetes”

Dr. Mahmoud Abdul Jabbar Yamani, General Executive Director of KKESH, opened the exhibition of World Diabetes Day 2016 under the theme of “Eyes on Diabetes” in cooperation with the Saudi Ophthalmological Society (SOS) represented by Saudi Retina Group and Know your Eyes Team on Monday 14/02/1438 A.H, corresponding to 14/11/2016 in the main lobby of the hospital.

Dr. Yamani said that the hospital celebrates this Day every year due to the significance and influence of this disease on the body's organs in general, and on the retina in particular. Early detection of this disease can prevent a lot of potential retinal complications. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the common diseases in patients with diabetes and it is the main cause of vision loss. Retina test must be done on a regular basis to avoid the complications of diabetes. There is no doubt that this advance is the outcome of continuous support for the health sector by the Kingdom government, and the constant follow-up by Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, the Minister of Health. Such activities motivate the community to follow healthy behaviors and urge to take more preventive measures to prevent various diseases. Hence, the hospital is always interested to participate in awareness campaigns and their associated exhibitions. Such campaigns significantly contribute in raising health awareness in the community and help achieve the hospital goals in preventing blindness.

Ms. Nahla Al Sobki, the Director of KKESH Health Education Department said that the exhibition on this occasion included different awareness activities such as distribution of brochures and booklets on the symptoms and causes of diabetes and its impact on peoples' health. Symbolic gifts were distributed. There was an educational contest. She added that the exhibition, through KKESH ophthalmologists, provided a free retinal check, blood sugar and blood pressure tests, and other diabetes-related tests. All visitors' questions were also answered. The Ministry of Health represented by Nutrition General Department, the National Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, University Diabetes Center, the Charitable Society for Health Communication “HAYATONA”, and Saudi Charitable Association of Diabetes, in addition to some government agencies and related charitable societies participated effectively in the exhibition.                                                                                                                      

The hospital also provides "a doctor on the phone" service in order to answer the questions and enquiries of citizens and residents with regard to diabetes and its complications on the eye. Dr. Hassan Al Dhebi, Senior Academic Consultant/ Vitreoretinal Division, Chief of Uveitis Division, will answer  inquiries  on Tuesday 15 /02/1438 A.H, corresponding to 15 /11/2016 from 12:00 P.M. to 14:00 P.M. at the number: +011 4826421.


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AEC Grants Honorary Plaque to KKESH in Recognition of its Global Achievement

In the presence of Dr.Tawfeeq Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, the Advanced Electronics Company granted an Honorary Plaque to King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in recognition of achieving stage (7) in the adoption of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in the United States. This achievement is the first of its kind in the Middle East.

Dr. Abdulelah bin Abad Al-Towerki, General Executive Director of KKESH, has appreciated this initiative of the Advanced Electronic Company and he spoke highly of the cooperation and partnership between the company and hospital. He considered this achievement as a national success that can be added to the country's achievements and that can also reflect the creative and competitive potentials of the national manpower. 

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King Khaled Eye Specialist hospital the first in the Middle East in HIMSS EMRAM Stage7

King Khaled Eye Specialist hospital has achieved the seventh stage (HIMSS Stage7) in the adoption of the Electronic Health record (EHR). This classification falls under the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), located in Chicago, United States.

 

This achievement is the first of its kind in the Middle East. It came in recognition of    KKESH compliance with the highest standards of quality in the implementation of Electronic Health Record System (EHR).

“This achievement is to be added to KKESH significant achievements in the past years. It has placed KKESH in the rank of globally advanced centers in using information technology for healthcare industry.  This accomplishment was the result of the staff cooperative efforts towards providing unique patient healthcare, and in compliance with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz directives which insist on providing the highest quality of patients services under the supervision of the  Health Minister and his deputy”, said The Executive Director Dr. Abdulelah bin Abbad Al-Towerki .

 

Mr. Ammar Hijazi, Director of Information Technology Department at KKESH, mentioned “by this international achievement, we reflect (Vision 2030) being a pioneer model in the world. It also reflects of the sense of responsibility and cooperation among all hospital staff including executive personnel, health practitioners and administrators.”

He added: " “HIMSS” organization developed Electronic Health Record System (EHR) to follow-up and evaluate the progress in the implementation of these systems, and to measure their role in the advance of the hospitals listed in their database.  By following up the implementation of stages starting from 0 to 7, hospitals can measure the level of advance toward the targeted stage (7) which is the ultimate stage in Electronic health record (EHR).

It is worth mentioning that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is on the list of the most advanced hospitals worldwide. It efficiently uses such high standard healthcare technologies. In the United States only 4.2% from a total of 5454 candidate hospitals were awarded Stage 7. Furthermore, Only 4 hospitals in Europe, one Korean hospital in Asia and 3 hospitals in China were awarded stage 7.

This achievement comes in addition to "My Chart" service. It is a secure website that enables patients to access their personal health information. It is available 24 hours and can be accessed anywhere with internet connection by using the medical record number as a username and a personal password. The service allows patients to review their medical information such as appointments, allergies, medications, tests, etc. It also facilitates communication between the patient and hospital through electronic channels.

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Under the slogan

Under the slogan "We Are Proud of You", King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrated the Administrative, Professionals and Technicians Day on Wednesday 26 April 2017 with the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz ben Ibrahim Al-Rajhi, General Executive Director and Dr. Saleh Al-Mesfer, Executive Medical Director. This celebration was held by the Hospital's administration in recognition of their positive and distinguished role encouraging them to increase their efforts and contributions   

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Riyadh Governor Opens Diabetes Center at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital

H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh, opened Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Eye Diabetic Center at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh yesterday with the presence of Health Minister Eng. Khalid Abdulaziz Al-Faleh. The construction of the building was funded by Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi endowments.

On that occasion, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz asserted that the collaboration of both private and public sectors establishes excellence of achievement in which the efforts of the private sector conform with the government's services. 

 

“The government spares no effort to provide the best services to citizens but they are also required to contribute to these areas. Sheikh Al-Rajhi took the initiative by establishing this center which aims to treat diabetic eye diseases” Prince Faisal stated.

He also added that as a Saudi citizen, he is proud of his country, leadership and people who made this country a shining example of the social work that supports the government's strategies.  Prince Faisal Bin Bandar expressed deepest gratitude to Bin Dayel contracting company describing it as a leading company that saved the project after a period of suspension.

 

Health Minister said: "the Kingdom is going through a large economic experience. The economic transformation program, which has been started recently and which will be launched soon will be a partnership with the private sector in investment. Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Center is a good example for the private sector to follow.  This project will benefit thousands of diabetic patients in the coming years.

Al-Faleh added: "the Ministry of Health can build hundreds of hospitals and chances are open to anyone who wants to contribute in this voluntary work.  

He pointed out that all country’s institutions are looking forward to improving their performance. KKESH is considered as one of the distinguished public institutions. It provides the best healthcare services worldwide. We know that some citizens complain about the poor quality of government projects. They hold government institutions and contracting companies accountable for such shortcomings. Therefore, we should be aware of our mutual responsibility and hope that the future governmental projects will be carried out by the Saudi contractor in a more professional and distinguished manner.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Dayel, the project director said: "Ben Dayel Company had the honor to be the main contracting company in the construction of this major center. We considered high standards in the construction of this center.

Dr. Abdulelah bin Abbad Al -Towerki , General Executive Director of KKESH, expressed his deepest thanks and appreciation to the Governor of Riyadh for the patronage of the opening ceremony, noting that the opening of the Diabetic Retinopathy center came  as part of  the keenness to improve health services and to cover the increasing number of patients. The center treats diabetic retinopathy in addition to other different retinal diseases. It was constructed inside the hospital’s campus at a total cost 40 million Riyals funded by Sheikh Saleh Al-Rajhi Endowments. It was furnished with medical and non-medical equipment from the hospital budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Al-Towerki Opens Pediatric Ophthalmology Seminar at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital

Dr. Abdulelah Al-Towerki, General Executive Director of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), opened the pediatric ophthalmology symposium which aims to introduce the latest advances in pediatric cataract and refractive Surgery.

In the opening speech, Dr. Al-Towerki welcomed the attendees and speakers. He mentioned that the hospital mission is to provide a specialized medical care in the field of ophthalmology. The cases treated in the hospital cannot be treated elsewhere in the kingdom. 

 

Dr. Al-Towerki added :" the hospital is considered as an educational and training center which trains Saudi medical staff to keep abreast with the global updates  in the field by providing different educational and training programs to its staff and other healthcare specialists in the Kingdom and Gulf countries in addition conducting  major researches and studies about eye diseases".

 

Dr. Edward Deepak, Executive Medical Director of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital (from Johns Hopkins American University), started his speech by welcoming the attendees and international and local speakers. He asserted that KKESH is one of the international ophthalmic hospitals that is concerned with continuous medical education and patients' care. He ended his speech wishing for the symposium to be beneficial for patients and specialists.

 

 

 In his speech, Dr. Abdulaziz Awad,   Acting chief of pediatric ophthalmology, pointed out that the symposium aims to discuss the recent trends in pediatric refractive surgery, the challenges of using intraocular lenses for pediatric patients and the recent updates in pediatric cataract and refractive surgery. The symposium was presented by international and local speakers.

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