The Conclusion of




The Hospital concluded the campaign "Ebsar Saem", which was conducted in Al Qassim in two phases. The first one was on Friday and Saturday 5-6, and the second one was on Friday and Saturday 12-13 of Ramadan in cooperation with Al Qassim Health cluster.

Dr. Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Rajhi, Chief Executive Officer, confirmed that the campaign " Ebsar Saem" was succeeded  in performing 246 cataract surgeries at three hospitals in Al Qassim, King Fahad Specialist Hospitals, Buraidah Central Hospital, and King Saud Hospital in Onaizah within four days.

He added that, the campaign was carried out by an integrated team from King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, which included ophthalmologists, nursing, operations and sterilization technicians in addition to health educators. More than ten devices of phacoemulsification (Ultrasonic lens fragmentation) were used and 246 of the latest contact lenses provided by King Khaled Eye Specialist hospital.

At the end of his statement, Dr. Al Rajhi thanked Dr. Mansour Nasser Al Hawassi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Qassim Health cluster, Dr. Sultan Al Shaye, CEO of cluster, hospital directors, managers, medical directors, and all officials and employees for their cooperation and contribution for the campaign success. He also thanked the medical staff for conducting "Ebsar Saem" campaign and other staff who prepared for and provided all campaign requirements in Al Qassim within a short time.

 KKESH Score the First Place in KPI (937) for the First Half of 2019

The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) signed an agreement with King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) aiming at providing specialized training programs for trainees of Saudi Board of Ophthalmology . Discussion between both parties was held on many aspects: Training, Accreditation, Professional Practice, and Medical Education.


The agreement provided that KKESH should provide training  to all residents of Saudi Board of Ophthalmology for the first two years on microsurgeries and phacoemulsification(cataract surgery by using an ultrasonic device)  in KKESH simulation center and wet lab


Global Health Exhibition 2019

Global Health Exhibition 2019


King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) has participated in the second Global Health Exhibition 2019, at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. KKESH booth included several departments: Human Resources, Learning and Development, Health Education, Research and Health Information Technology. There was also a free eye examination provided by the hospital's ophthalmologists and technicians.



KKESH is the First Accredited Healthcare Institution as a Center to Provide CIT Certificate



In order to spread the digital culture among KKESH employees and trainees, KKESH is the first accredited healthcare institution to provide CIT certificate in cooperation with the National Company for Training and Education Technologies (TETEC.)

Partnership with Elaji Charity to Reduce Waiting Lists

The Chief Executive Officer of KKESH, Dr. Abdulaziz AlRajhi, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the General Supervisor of the Charitable Society for Patients Care (Elaji), Mr. Abdulaziz AlYabis, for the effective contribution of Elaji charity to support surgical procedures performing, which contributed to reduce patients on the waiting lists by 50% during the period from 7 February 2017 to 31 May 2018. The partnership with Elaji charity has resulted in performing more than 1400 surgeries and providing more than 160 corneal tissues during the period from 7 February 2017 to 31 May 2018, which contributed to reduce number of patients on the waiting lists.




KKESH Signs Agreement with King Faisal University

KKESH and Al-Faisal University signed a cooperation agreement in the fields of studies, research and training.


The agreement is part of the partnership projects implemented by KKESH with different community institutions to support research and training in various ophthalmology fields in the Kingdom.


The agreement includes providing clinical training in the field of ophthalmology to students of Medicine at Al-Faisal University. The agreement also allows interns to receive training in different specialties at KKESH and it gives them opportunities to conduct joint research and studies so that both parties can gain the best benefit of their potentials and experiences.



Dr. Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Sponsors Opening of World Optical Conference

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi, Chief Executive Officer, sponsors the opening of the World Optical Conference in Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital in the presence of Mr. Nasser Al-Hakbani, Chief Executive Officer of Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group and Dr. Awad Al-Amri, Vice-Associate President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Yasser Al-Sadhan, Chairman of the Scientific Committee





A Program to Save 400 Children a Year from Blindness

Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, said that the national program “Retinopathy of Prematurity" implemented by the hospital will maintain the vision of an estimated 400 children a year who were about to go blind. However, with this program, their vision is maintained and the contribution to the community health becomes better.

Upon the launch of the national program, on Sunday, March 17, 2019, which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, he mentioned that the hospital and its effective role in the development of Ophthalmology services in the Kingdom helped to preserve the vision of thousands over the last 35 years.

The program aims to protect premature infants from losing their vision and provide timely medical care. In its first phase, the program covers a neonatal intensive care unit in MOH hospitals. It includes more than 21 cameras distributed in all regions and will be gradually increased in a certain time. With special digital cameras, the program takes fundus photos then send them electronically to the hospital where the retina consultants view the medical reports , see the photos , diagnose the case, and send the recommendation electronically, including the management plan, either follow-up or referral to a consultant for treatment.

Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium


Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium

The Saudi Ophthalmology Society, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, and the Department of Ophthalmology in KSU College of Medicine held the three days "Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium 2019" at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh.

The symposium was attended by 18 international speakers as well as 96 national speakers. The scientific program of this symposium covered the recent developments in ophthalmology. The program included 38 scientific sessions, 112 scientific papers, 10 training courses and workshops, 26 scientific posters, and 6 video presentations. The Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium was also accompanied by a seminar on "the prevention of visual impairment"

The symposium was attended by 1800 ophthalmologists, optometrists and people interested in ophthalmology. This symposium is accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (24 Accredited Hours)




Increasing the capacity of outpatient clinics by 20% at the beginning of 2019 

The hospital has provided treatment for more than 4 million patients since it was first established. A report of the Hospital Patients Affairs Department revealed that 2018 witnessed a growth in the number of patients, reaching more 257,000 patients compared to 238,000 patients in 2017. The report stated that the hospital has also operated the evening clinics to meet the patients’ needs. In addition, the hospital increased the outpatient clinics capacity by (20%) at the beginning of 2019.

The report showed the success that KKESH achieved in carrying out more than 12,200 surgeries, 916 of which are surgical procedures of cornea and tissue transplantation, 9 are of Keratoprosthesis transplantation, and a surgery for replacing the endothelium of the cornea and the Descemet's membrane, which was performed for the first time in the Kingdom.

The report also showed a significant improvement in the performance of the patient call center. The number of answered calls was more than 340,000 phone calls compared to 263,000 in 2017, which means an increase of 29%. This development was due to the expansion of the patient call center, the application of the latest communication technologies, and the improvement programs designated to continuously improve the patient's experience at the hospital.

In 2018, KKESH was ranked the first on the general performance indicator for the interactive call center it has. Competing other medical cities and specialized hospitals in the Kingdom, KKESH won the first place for the second year in a row. The Ministry of Health honored KKESH for the distinguished service it provided, with which patients showed a 95% satisfaction. The ceremony was held recently in Madinah.

His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, chairman of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society, SOS, opened the ceremony which started with verses from the Holy Quran. Then Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi addressed a remark in which he reviewed the achievements of KKESH and its distinction in care, education and training in ophthalmology. In the ceremony, 461 doctors from the Kingdom and 37 others trained in sub-specialties from the GCC countries celebrated their graduation.

The chairman explained that KKESH is one of the leading medical institutions in the region due to the number of researches it published. The total number of scientific projects published in 2018 was 116 researches and 75 scientific articles. The hospital has many achievements in the field of medical care and patient service. For example, the increased capacity of the outpatient clinics and the Short Stay Unit by 20% at the end of 2018, winning the first place in the performance indicator of the Ministry of Health 937 among all other medical sectors in the kingdom for two consecutive years, winning the Minister's Award for voluntary qualitative initiatives, and having the highest evaluation score from CBAHI in the essential safety requirements for patients' safety (Essential Safety Requirements ESR).

The chairman also shed the light on the importance of the national campaign, "Help me to see” conducted by KKESH in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Organ Donation in order to encourage the donation of cornea after death instead of importing it.

He added that the Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al Rabiah will launch the national program of "Retinopathy of prematurity, ROP" on Sunday.

Then, Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz gave a speech in which he explained that the Saudi Ophthalmology Society, SOS, aims at encouraging medical education. In more than 30 years, SOS organized 31 annual scientific meetings and more than 80 scientific symposia in different regions of the Kingdom to educate working doctors and primary health care professionals, he added. SOS held more than 190 public symposia to raise the awareness of common eye diseases. It also issued 23 pamphlets to spread health awareness. Prince Abdulaziz pointed out that the Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology has achieved a distinguished position as a peer reviewed journal which is concerned with publishing studies and scientific researches that benefit specialized researchers and aim at developing researches on ophthalmology. Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology is electronically issued, and it is available on the most famous international websites specialized in the publication of scientific and medical journals. Available in Arabic and English, the website of SOS continues its success in serving the ophthalmology community in line with meeting the aspirations of SOS members and the ophthalmology community.

His Royal Highness also drew the attention to the focus of this year's symposium; the new developments in the field of ophthalmology, optometry, and visual impairment prevention. The number of participants in this symposium reached 1800 participants who are interested in the field of ophthalmology. Those are mainly doctors, optometrists, and experts in visual impairment prevention. In addition, 45 medical companies participated in the medical exhibition that accompanied the meeting.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz bestowed medals to a number of distinguished ophthalmologists. He also honored a number of medical companies for their support. His Royal Highness then visited the accompanying medical exhibition, which included 45 platforms showing the latest medical devices in the field of ophthalmology.


The Saudi Ophthalmology Symposium 2019 lasted for three days. It is the largest scientific meeting on ophthalmology in the GCC countries as more than 18 international professors and 160 speakers from within the Kingdom participated in it.


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