KKESH the First in Research and Ophthalmic Technology and Nursing

KKESH and the Saudi Central Board for the Accreditation of Health Institutions (CBAHI) signed a joint cooperation agreement on Tuesday morning. The agreement aimed at activating joint work and continuous cooperation in all fields related to the development of quality health services and patient safety and raising the level of healthcare services in the field of ophthalmology in Saudi Arabia.


The agreement includes benefiting from the experience of the King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in implementing the quality standards of health and patient safety specified by the CBAHI in ophthalmic programs in addition to the joint cooperation in researches about the quality of healthcare and patient safety. KKESH has a distinguished research center and it is the first in the region in the number of researches. It has published 1794 medical researches and 1754 scientific papers until 2017.


The agreement is about cooperation in the field of education and training that contribute to the development of quality and patient safety skills to help improve the level of medical services in the field of ophthalmology. KKESH is the leading medical facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which provides training to meet the healthcare needs in all regions of the Kingdom and the Gulf countries. KKESH has trained more than 322 ophthalmologists through the fellowship and residency programs and provided support programs in technology and ophthalmic nursing

Toastmaster at KKESH


Toastmaster Club has been initiated at KKESH under the name "Future Vision" in October 2018. The Toastmasters is considered to be similar to Olympics competitions between clubs. It is divided according to the country in which they are organized, and within each country, clubs are divided into regions and sectors which compete together. There are annual conferences to select the best participants in the various activities of the organization. There are more than 190 clubs in the Gulf countries. They meet each year in comprehensive conferences organized in one of the Gulf countries to compete and win. The aim is to raise the skills and capabilities that Toastmasters' members seek to develop.


It is worth mentioning that six candidates of KKESH were selected for the next phase. They competed with the "Health First" Club on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  KKESH staff won the top positions in the 10th  area  for all categories of speech (comic, global, evaluation, spontaneous) organized by Toastmasters which will allow them to compete with the members of the toastmasters who are selected from all the Arab clubs in Riyadh


Could not See her with Eyes, but with Heart

.In a spontaneous moment, Faisal, took a photo of his father, while he was trying to take a photo of his daughter using his mobile phone despite his poor vision. The expressive photo spread widely in the social medical under the comment "did not see her with his eyes but with his heart."


The photo was received with too many responses in the social media. The father and his family were so happy of the all that positive responses. The official account of King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital contacted Faisal to inform him that his father had been given a seat in the (Sensory photography) session for visually impaired and blind people.

Abu Faisal was one of the first to attend the training course offered by KKESH on Thursday (February 7th), where he learned about a set of basic skills he needed to take photographs.
After the course, he took a wonderful photo of Hanoof , his nine-year-old daughter.

Abu Faisal thanked the hospital for this initiative. He said that his dream in taking photos of his family became real. His children were very happy especially his daughter who encouraged her father to take a photo of her.


This initiative comes as part of the social communication initiatives of the hospital in order to expand the scope of beneficiaries of its health and education services and to meet the needs of the visually impaired and the blind to develop their skills and involvement in the community. KKESH was rated, for the second time, as the first interactive center among health facilities for the year 2018. 

KKESH Wins Health Minster's Prize for Voluntary Initiatives


KKESH won the prize of H.E. Minister of Health for quality voluntary initiatives for the initiative which we launched under the slogan "Eyes for You".  The initiative was implemented in Hail and it aimed to reach patients in their regions and reduce the waiting lists. The initiative covered (100) cases including (40) cataract cases and intraocular implants. (50) Diabetic retinopathy patients received Avastin injections. The campaign was accompanied with health education programs. It was implemented in one day by KKESH voluntary medical team.



The hospital launched a number of voluntary initiatives under the "Health Volunteering 2" program for the year 2018. The first initiative was under the slogan "in the Blink of an Eye" to educate people about the risks of using Laser pens. The campaign aims to educate (1000) students and it was implemented in (4) schools in Riyadh. The second initiative was implemented under the slogan "Your Eyes' Safety" which aimed to spread awareness regarding how to prevent eye injuries and how to implement eye first aid. This initiative was implemented in Riyadh's metro and targeted "300" workers. The  third initiative under the slogan "we care about your eyes" focused on educating people on the importance of taking care of the eyes  and targeted "300" citizens.

The fourth initiative launched by the hospital under the slogan «Help me to see» aimed to spread the culture of corneal donation and help patients in need.  It was implemented in Riyadh and succeeded in obtaining '350' approvals for corneal donation.

All the above initiatives are part of the hospital's role in providing healthcare services

KKESH Celebrates Graduation of (24th) Batch of Ophthalmology Fellowship Program




KKESH celebrated the graduation of (20) fellows from the Ophthalmology Fellowship Program on Tuesday, 13 February 2019.   (19) Saudi and one Kuwaiti fellow graduated from the program which lasted for (24 months) during which fellows received scientific lectures and clinical training in specialized fields of ophthalmology, in addition to conducting scientific research, which will contribute to the development of the therapeutic program and patient care.

Since its establishment, KKESH has given special attention to the field of academic education, training and development in the field of ophthalmology in order to improve ophthalmologists skills and meet the needs of specialized ophthalmic care at the medical and technical levels as part of   hospital mission to give the priority to the patients' advanced health care through such programs. 

KKESH the First in General Performance Indicator

KKESH scored the first place for the second year as the best interactive call center for the year 2018. This achievement came as result of the distinguished patient services which gained a satisfaction rate of 95%. 

Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al Rajhi, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital said: "This achievement came as      a result of employees' efforts, noting that the hospital's work mission indicates that success and excellence is not achieved by only providing distinguished health services but also in listening and developing services taking into account the suggestions of our patients". KKESH was honored by the Ministry of Health at the ceremony held in Medina.


Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi said: "KKESH became the first as the best interactive call center for the year 2018.  This is the result of KKESH staff's dedication to work, commitment to patients' services and compliance to the national transition plan 2020 to achieve the best work environment that provides the best service to patients"


He stressed the importance of developing the staff's performance in various fields through providing specialized courses in communication and dealing with patients and work load management which contributed significantly to the development of the hospital performance and helped creating a healthy environment that brings satisfaction to all workers. 

Mr. Al-Yahya, Ambassador for Cornea Donation Campaign


In a charitable initiative to donate cornea, the traveler, Mr. Fahd Al-Yahya, started his trip from King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital to Abu Dhabi on the bike in support of the Saudi team at the Asian Championship. He sent a message to the world to donate cornea under the slogan "Help me to see" which aims to give hope and positivity to the patient suffering from low vision and encourage people to donate their healthy corneas after death. Before starting his trip, Mr. Al-Yahya visited a number of admitted patients at KKESH with the presence of Dr. Abdulaziz Al Rajhi, Chief Executive Officer of KKESH.





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.






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