KKESH has carried out 5 volunteer Initiatives

 

Due to the importance of volunteering and in line with Vision 2030 to encourage volunteering and to spread the concept of health volunteering and on the International Volunteer Day (05 December 2018), KKESH has carried out 5 initiatives under  my_volunteer_health 2

The "an Eye for You" initiative in Hail where the hospital sent a complete medical team of surgeons and specialists to examine and treat 100 cases, including cataract surgeries (lens opacity) and thus reduce the waiting list.

under the initiative (in a Blink of an Eye) to raise the awareness of the dangers of laser pointers, a team of doctors went to schools in Shifa district in Riyadh, including Tamim bin Awes secondary school, Shifa secondary school, Sheikh Mohammed bin Ibrahim secondary . Awareness lectures were presented to students to raise the awareness of the damage of laser pointers and not to play with them because some of the injuries do not have a successful treatment as using the laser pointers leads to a complete burn in the macula thus causing permanent blindness of the affected eye..


 

A team of doctors and specialists visited the workers at Riyadh Metro station under the initiative (Your Eyes Safety) in order to raise the health awareness regarding the prevention of eye injuries and how to apply the First Aids when the eye is exposed to chemical or superficial injury. Awareness booklets were distributed in many languages.

In addition, three awareness corners were set up at Al-Iman Hospital where doctors and specialists raised awareness about eye diseases and how to prevent them. In addition, there was a corner for eye examination under the initiative (We Care about your Eye).

 

An awareness exhibition was held under the initiative (Help Me to See) at Princess Noura University and Granada Shopping Mall to promote cornea donation, as it is a noble humanitarian decision indicating generosity. Severe visual impairment due to corneal diseases is one of the most prevalent diseases in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Booklets and awareness materials were distributed to visitors and university students.

The participants in these initiatives have interacted with the voluntary work, which is a fundamental pillar in building and developing the society and spreading social cohesion among the citizens of any society. It is a human practice that has been closely linked to all the meanings of good work in all human societies since eternity. These initiatives were covered by the hospital social media as well as the local media.

For the First Time in KSA, Endothelial Transplantation Using PDEK

 

 

 

We have successfully transplanted corneal endothelium for a Saudi patient suffering from very poor vision using Pre Descemet's endothelial keratoplasty (PDEK). This is the first time to use such a technique in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is considered one of latest techniques for endothelial transplantation in the world.

Pre Descemet's endothelial keratoplasty in ophthalmology is characterized by rapid visual recovery.  Corneal endothelium can be collected from donors under the age of 50 compared to other techniques. Patients with poor function of corneal endothelium can benefit from this technique.

It is worth mentioning that corneal transplantation of all kinds started in the hospital since its establishment in 1983, and the total number of transplantations was (20694) while the number of endothelial transplantation in all techniques was (1010).

 

 

 

Launch of New Hospital Logo

 

 

The Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, launched the new hospital logo, as this logo was a result of a competition in which more than 1,000 participants took part. After Board of referees sorting of the participants without names, one of the participants was chosen who is a member of the hospital staff. The result was a source of pride for the hospital and this is evidence that in the hospital there are highly qualified members working among us.

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Ceremony of KKESH Consultative Meeting (An Eye on the Future)

 

Opening Ceremony of KKESH Consultative Meeting (An Eye on the Future)

 

 

H.E. Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, sponsored the opening ceremony of the consultative meeting of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital, which coincides with the 35th anniversary of its foundation. The ceremony was held in Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Riyadh on   Thursday morning, 7 Rabi Al Awal 1440H, corresponding to 15 November 2018

 

 

Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, said: "The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Highness Crown Prince have paid special attention to the health sector as part of the current developments taking place in the Kingdom in all its vital sectors. This reflects the new vision that considers the needs of these sectors and keeps abreast of their developments to create an environment that provides citizens with the most advanced medical services and healthcare.

Al Rabia noted that the Ministry continues to support the hospital's efforts to extend its services and enhance its national role in developing eye health services and national programs for healthcare and prevention.

He added that the establishment of the National Committee for Retinopathy of Prematurity through KKESH reflects the active role of the hospital in the prevention and early intervention in addition to providing support to the hospital to renovate its infrastructure, attract and maintain distinguished personnel, and expand clinical research and national eye disease surveys in line with the National Transition Program 2020and vision 2030 of the Kingdom.

 

The Chief Executive Officer of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim Al-Rajhi presented a speech in which he said:  " The hospital was established upon the order of King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in response to the country's need for a distinguished eye health center which provides the most advanced treatment, trains healthcare staff, conduct and publish researches that monitor the spread of diseases and find out  the best treatment methods in the international peer-reviewed  journals

 

He added that the hospital has gone through many challenges which were overcome due to KKESH strong foundations and cooperative staff led by the best medical team in the region. Today, the Kingdom is leading a prosperous growth at all levels under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques H.H crown prince through the Kingdom's vision 2030, which aims to place our country among the most advanced countries worldwide.

 

Dr. Al-Rajhi announced the establishment of an international advisory board whose mission is to develop international hospital partnerships, attract distinguished professionals and provide consultation  in the development of future medical and scientific policies, and establish KKESH group  consisting of KKESH graduates and any employee who work for one year or more (physicians, technicians  or administratives) to support the hospital in proposing new ideas, providing technical consultation, and attracting distinguished staff as well as holding social meetings  to enhance the sense of loyalty to the hospital.

 

 

He mentioned that the hospital will conduct a comprehensive survey that will cover the Kingdom to identify the causes of poor vision and the prevalence of eye diseases, and will collect information about the available facilities and medical cadres to develop accurate plans to deal with these diseases and optimize the utilization of available resources.

 

 

He pointed out that the health sector is undergoing a great administrative and organizational transformation under the leadership of His Excellency Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, who is working in a dynamic approach, based on achievement, measuring impact and recognizing hard workers. He added: "We are working with his support to involve KKESH as a basic role player in the transformation process. The hospital is the home of ophthalmologists in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. More than 53% of Saudi ophthalmic consultants were graduates of KKESH. After 35 years of achievements, the hospital's Advisory Board determined to involve its graduates and more than 22 of the world's most effective ophthalmologist in shaping the next phase, setting our priorities and strategic goals, and place "An eye on the future".

 

During the ceremony, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabia honored pioneer ophthalmologists among which was Dr. Samer Islam, former General Supervisor of KKESH. The award was received on his behalf by his son Dr. Hussam Islam. Dr. Ehsan Badr was also honored as the first appointed ophthalmologist in the hospital.  The award was received by his sister Dr. Maha Badr.  Dr. Haider Al-Hajjar was honored as the first Saudi ophthalmologist. The award was received by his son Eng. Ghazi Al-Hajjar. Dr. Faleh Al-Falih was also honored as the first Dean of the College of Medicine in the Kingdom. Then, the first batch of ophthalmologists graduated from the KKESH was also honored.

At the end of the ceremony, H.E. Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, inaugurated the new logo of the hospital. Then, he opened the Al-Kahala exhibition of the Islamic era of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts for ophthalmology which was held in cooperation with Saud Al-Babtain Center for Heritage and Culture.He also opened the medical exhibition.

 

 

KKESH’s Celebration of World Sight Day

 

 

 

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital “KKESH” has participated in the celebration of the World Sight Day under the theme "Eye Care Everywhere", which is held annually on the second Thursday of October

 

In details, the hospital carried out a number of activities. It organized a specialized exhibition at Riyadh Park Mall in Riyadh that provided a free eye examination by the hospital's doctors and technicians, as well as an awareness corner on eye diseases and how to take care of them.

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The celebration included a corner for a number of doctors and technical specialists to receive inquiries and questions related to eye diseases, in addition to the presentation of awareness films and the distribution of educational brochures.

 

 

The hospital’s exhibition also included a corner for First Aid and how to deal with eye injuries in a correct manner in addition to a special corner for contact lenses, how to take care of them and what is the damage caused by misuse.

 

 

On this day, the hospital also organized special activities in which the blind and the visually impaired people participated, and launched an art exhibition containing paintings and photographs by the blind and the visually impaired participants.

 

 

The activities included dark room activity where the experience represents an opportunity for the sighted persons to simulate the lives of the blind and the visually impaired people to identify their needs and raise the awareness of their rights

 

 

During the experiment, each visitor is given a white stick, enters the room and lives the life of the blind. A group of blind people participated in the organization of the dark room. They also guided the visitors as well as a number of members of the voluntary team “Sam” who helped in organizing the white stick activity.

 

 

The hospital's participation in the World Sight Day is part of the world health events package, which the hospital is keen to participate in, in order to raise health awareness among people about eye diseases and their risks in order to eliminate the causes of visual disability, which can be avoided either by treatment or prevention.

  Conclusion of the Fireworks Campaign (in the Blink of an Eye)

 

  Conclusion of the Fireworks Campaign (in the Blink of an Eye)

 

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) has succeeded in reducing the number of eye injuries resulting from fireworks. Cases received by the hospital in 2018 were reduced by 43% and cases of severer injuries by 75% compared to last year. It is worth mentioning that KKESH has launched awareness campaign under the slogan (in the Blink of an Eye) at the end of Ramadan to spread awareness about the risks of fireworks and the damages that they may cause to the eye. The campaign report showed that the social media were the most interactive channels with the campaign in the Kingdom.  The total interactions with the campaign have reached (5 million). The number of people who saw the campaign tweets exceeded (2 millions) and the number of viewers of the video attached with the tweets exceeds (600.000). Statistics showed that the number of snapchat video viewers exceeded 913.000.     

In addition to spreading awareness messages in the media, the awareness campaign included an exhibition which was held in Taibah Souk. The exhibition included direct meetings between doctors and visitors, presenting educational films and distribution of awareness booklets on the dangers of fireworks.

 

This campaign was carried out by the hospital in consideration of the increasing dangers of fireworks on the eye especially in Eid occasion. It is part of the awareness and educational programs that aim to serve the community and raise health awareness in general and eye health awareness in particular.

King Khaled Eye Hospital Accredited as Training Center for Clinical Pharmacology

The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) has accredited the four-year Clinical Pharmacy Residency training program to be implemented at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital's pharmacy being a certified training center that meets all standards and requirements of (SCHS).

The approval to implement the clinical residency training program in the pharmacy of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is due to the comprehensive pharmaceutical services which fulfill the highest international standards in the field of pharmacy care including Pharmacokinetics and the specialist personnel who are fully qualified to provide training in the subspecialist clinical and applied pharmacology.

The Clinical Pharmacy Program is one of the post-graduate programs supervised by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. It aims to train pharmacists and provide them with the necessary skills through specialized scientific lectures and practical training in order to highly qualify them.  

It is worth mentioning that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital provides comprehensive pharmaceutical services that meet the highest standards in the field of patient safety, drug use, application of automation techniques and the provision of awareness and educational programs for patients.

Under the theme

 

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrated the World Glaucoma Week during the period from 23 to 29 Jumada II 1439, corresponding to 11-17 March 2018 under the theme "Beat Invisible Glaucoma".

The World Glaucoma Week is held every year in March. It is a global week which aims to educate people about this disease. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrates this event as part of its role and responsibility in the awareness about this disease, which is one of the most serious eye diseases, causing damage to the tissues of the optic nerve which results in defects in the visual field. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that glaucoma or high eye pressure affects about 60 million people around the world. The number of infected people is expected to increase in 2020 to (80) Million people worldwide.

 

Glaucoma is considered as the world's second leading cause of blindness and loss of vision. It is also the main cause of uncorrectable vision loss. Ophthalmologists advise those who are above (40) years of age, people with diabetes and those who have family history of glaucoma to undergo regular eye examination to prevent the disease.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital organizes a number of activities and awareness programs during the World Glaucoma Week. An exhibition will be held at Granada center in Riyadh, on Tuesday 13/3/2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.  The event will include awareness and educational programs on the disease, eye screening and interviews with specialized ophthalmologists to answer queries. The activities will also target the public places such as King Abdullah Park walkway located next to Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Malaz.

The hospital's programs will also include  posting and broadcasting awareness materials about glaucoma through the hospital's official accounts in the social media (KKESHKSA) and the various television channels.

KKESH Celebrates 25 Graduates of Ophthalmology Fellowship

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrated the graduation of the 23rd batch of Ophthalmology Fellowship Subspecialist Program approved by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. The celebration of 25 fellows were held on Tuesday, 4 Jumada II 1439H, in the hospital auditorium.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital celebrated the graduation of the 23rd batch of Ophthalmology Fellowship Subspecialist Program approved by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. The celebration of 25 fellows were held on Tuesday, 4 Jumada II 1439H, in the hospital auditorium. 

Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al Rajhi, Chief Executive Officer of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, welcomed the attendees and graduates. In his speech, he said that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital was proud to establish the Ophthalmic Fellowship Program for the last 23 years. Dr. Rajhi added that establishing the fellowship program reflects the hospital mission which focuses not only on therapy, but also on education, training, research and the establishing values of commitment and dedication among employees. Dr. Al-Rajhi mentioned that the number of the 23rd batch is (25) graduates (2) of them are from Kuwait. During the program, they acquired scientific knowledge and skills that will help them in their future professional life.

In his speech,  Dr. Al Rajhi asserted that our goals should not stop at obtaining the scientific degree.  Further goals arise in every stage of our scientific and professional life. He stressed that providing patient service is the ultimate goal of each healthcare provider and that the patient service should not only be medical but also communicative and human because positive words may change the patient life. Dr. Al-Rajhi thanked all the hospital staff for their contribution in the success of the program. He extended thanks to Dr. Iman Al Qahtani who oversaw the first year of training and Dr. Sawsan Nowilaty, who continued supervision for the second year. He wished success to Dr. Sami Al-Shahwan in supervising the next stage.

Dr. Sawsan Al-Nowilaty, Director of Continuing Medical Education, congratulated the graduates and thanked them for their efforts during the program. She hoped that their knowledge and skills will be reflected in their professional life. Dr. Nowilaty added that KKESH staff exerted great efforts and spent long hours working for the success of the program. She mentioned that the hospital was keen to provide graduates with the latest knowledge and skill in the field of ophthalmology.
Dr. Alaa Mufti gave a speech in which he thanked the participants and stressed that the program has enriched the experience of the graduates and that they had scientific and professional benefits from the two years they spent in the hospital. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is not only a medical center but also a cultural and Professional facility.
Dr. Khaled Tabbara, Chairman of the Scientific Council of Ophthalmology in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, said in his speech that this cooperation between the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has resulted in a distinguished program and that we hope to establish other subspecialist fellowships. The main objective of the program is to enrich the field of ophthalmology with more efficient and skillful consultants. Today's graduates will be independent consultants in the future. Our goal is to provide them with ophthalmic knowledge and skills to serve their patients.
He also thanked King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital for hosting this program and thanked all relevant staff for their efforts and support.
At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Al Rajhi, with the participation of Dr. Tabarah, Dr.Noelatti, Dr. Saleh Al-Misfer, Medical Director, and the subspecialist departments heads, distributed certificates of graduation for the following subspecialists:


(Comprehensive ophthalmology):  Dr. Hussein Fadhel al-Haboubi from the Ministry of Health 
(Corneal surgery, external eye diseases and correction of refractive errors) : Dr. Turki Abdul Aziz bin Dakhil and Dr. Saud Abdul Aziz Al-Sultan from Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Dr. Walaa Abdullah Al-Diri from King Faisal University in Dammam; Dr. Lujain Talaat Idris from King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah; Zuhair Ahmed Mir Alem from the Ministry of Defense; Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Osaili from Qassim University 
(Glaucoma): Dr. Alaa Hisham Mufti from King Abdul Aziz Medical City of the National Guard; Dr. Thuraia Saleh Al Dosari from Dammam Medical Complex; Dr.Saad Abdul Rahman Al-Omari from the Ministry of Defense; Dr. Amira Jafar Al Daoud from Eye Specialist Hospital in Dhahran 

(Oculoplastic and Orbit Surgery) : Dr. Dalal Ibrahim Al-Issa from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University; Dr. Fatima Abbas Al-Hammad from King Saud University; Sultan Abdul Aziz Al Hassan from  Qassim University; Dr. Manar Khaled Al - Wuhaib from the Ministry of Health Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties.
(Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) Dr. Maitham Mahmoud Al-Ali from the Ministry of Health Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties; Fawzia Mohammed Al-Haimi, and Dr. Najah Shahrani from Prince Sultan Military Medical City.
 (Vitreoretinal surgery ): Dr. Abdulrahman Zaher Al-Barqi from Prince Sultan Military Medical City;Abdul Rahman Hamad Al-Saadi and Dr. Faisal Abdullah Al-Mark from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University; d. Yahya Ahmed Kariri from the Eye Specialist Hospital in Dhahran; Dr.Omar Abdul Salam Al Abdul Salam from King Abdul Aziz Hospital in Al-Ahsa "National Guard".
 (Retinal and Uveitis diseases): Dr. Duha Mohammed Al-Hamad from Eye Specialist Hospital in Dhahran; Dr. Fawzi Anani from King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah 
 

Dr. Sawsan Al-Nowilaty, Director of Continuing Medical Education, congratulated the graduates and thanked them for their efforts during the program. She hoped that their knowledge and skills will be reflected in their professional life. Dr. Nowilaty added that KKESH staff exerted great efforts and spent long hours working for the success of the program. She mentioned that the hospital was keen to provide graduates with the latest knowledge and skill in the field of ophthalmology.

Dr. Alaa Mufti gave a speech in which he thanked the participants and stressed that the program has enriched the experience of the graduates and that they had scientific and professional benefits from the two years they spent in the hospital. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is not only a medical center but also a cultural and Professional facility.

Dr. Khaled Tabbara, Chairman of the Scientific Council of Ophthalmology in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, said in his speech that this cooperation between the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has resulted in a distinguished program and that we hope to establish other subspecialist fellowships. The main objective of the program is to enrich the field of ophthalmology with more efficient and skillful consultants. Today's graduates will be independent consultants in the future. Our goal is to provide them with ophthalmic knowledge and skills to serve their patients.

He also thanked King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital for hosting this program and thanked all relevant staff for their efforts and support.

At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Al Rajhi, with the participation of Dr. Tabarah, Dr.Noelatti, Dr. Saleh Al-Misfer, Medical Director, and the subspecialist departments heads, distributed certificates of graduation for the following subspecialists:

(Comprehensive ophthalmology):  Dr. Hussein Fadhel al-Haboubi from the Ministry of Health

(Corneal surgery, external eye diseases and correction of refractive errors) : Dr. Turki Abdul Aziz bin Dakhil and Dr. Saud Abdul Aziz Al-Sultan from Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Dr. Walaa Abdullah Al-Diri from King Faisal University in Dammam; Dr. Lujain Talaat Idris from King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Jeddah; Zuhair Ahmed Mir Alem from the Ministry of Defense; Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Osaili from Qassim University

(Glaucoma): Dr. Alaa Hisham Mufti from King Abdul Aziz Medical City of the National Guard; Dr. Thuraia Saleh Al Dosari from Dammam Medical Complex; Dr.Saad Abdul Rahman Al-Omari from the Ministry of Defense; Dr. Amira Jafar Al Daoud from Eye Specialist Hospital in Dhahran

 

(Oculoplastic and Orbit Surgery) : Dr. Dalal Ibrahim Al-Issa from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University; Dr. Fatima Abbas Al-Hammad from King Saud University; Sultan Abdul Aziz Al Hassan from  Qassim University; Dr. Manar Khaled Al - Wuhaib from the Ministry of Health Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties.

(Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) Dr. Maitham Mahmoud Al-Ali from the Ministry of Health Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialties; Fawzia Mohammed Al-Haimi, and Dr. Najah Shahrani from Prince Sultan Military Medical City.

 (Vitreoretinal surgery ): Dr. Abdulrahman Zaher Al-Barqi from Prince Sultan Military Medical City;Abdul Rahman Hamad Al-Saadi and Dr. Faisal Abdullah Al-Mark from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University; d. Yahya Ahmed Kariri from the Eye Specialist Hospital in Dhahran; Dr.Omar Abdul Salam Al Abdul Salam from King Abdul Aziz Hospital in Al-Ahsa "National Guard".

 (Retinal and Uveitis diseases): Dr. Duha Mohammed Al-Hamad from Eye Specialist Hospital in Dhahran; Dr. Fawzi Anani from King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospitals Recommends Avoiding Dust for Eye Safety

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital advised people with allergies and those who had recent eye surgery not to leave the house during sandstorms.

Dr. Saad Al-Harbi, Anterior Segment Consultant at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, said that the weather fluctuations affecting the various regions of the Kingdom affect eye patients and the affect increases with exposure to dust. He added that those who have sensitive eye or had a recent eye surgery are recommended not to leave the house during weather changes.

Dr. Al-Harbi said: "If the patient has to go outside home, it is preferable to wear glasses and masks and put on the eye shield for those who underwent recent surgery to avoid the dust entering the eye. He also advised to wash the face and eyes with cold water. He added that if the patient feels pain or burning in the eye, he/she should use refresh drops and avoid rubbing the eye with hands to prevent sand grains form scratching the surface of the cornea, which may lead to inflammation of the eye. Dr. Al-Harbi advised to avoid wearing contact lenses during the sandstorm and not to look at the sun to avoid burning of the retina. At the end of his statement Dr. Al-Harbi wished safety to all.

It is worth mentioning that the hospital accounts in the social media @ KkeshKsa contributed in raising the awareness on eye care by posting educational materials on how to deal with weather fluctuations including medical advises and responses to patients' queries.

 

 

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