Eligibility for Care at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital 

  • KKESH provides tertiary eye care for cases which are difficult to manage at other hospitals in the Kingdom. As such, only cases that meet the Hospital acceptance criteria will be accepted for care. If patient is accepted to receive medical care at KKESH, treatment will be limited to the condition for which he was accepted.
  • Condition assessment of patients referred to KKESH by Medical Report, GMCs or other medical committees is made in accordance with their eligibility for care. If patient is ineligible to receive the KKESH tertiary eye care, he/she will be directed to another governmental healthcare facility to receive the appropriate medical treatment.
  • When presenting to see the doctor, patient should bring the following with him/her (if available): previous medical reports, lab workup results, radiological images and reports and, when possible, the histological specimen slides if he/she had undergone any surgical procedures. The patient should also bring in all medications he/she is using whether for the eye or other. This information is needed for accurate diagnosis and prompt management.
  • KKESH Outreach and Eligibility Department OED coordinates the process of completion of patients’ treatment at KKESH after receiving the needed tertiary eye care. The Department also provides these patients with all necessary medical reports to enable them to receive follow-up care at other local MOH hospitals and health centers.

Types of Referrals:

  • Medical Report.
  • General Medical Committees (Ministry of Health and Military Institutions), and number of companies.
  • Conditions of patients referred by the General Medical Committees are evaluated in accordance with attached medical reports and are scheduled to see appropriate consultant in the Outpatient Clinics. Other patients are examined at the Screening Clinics in order to evaluate their conditions and determine their eligibility for the tertiary care available at KKESH.
  • Referral letters may vary in validity. Some of these letters will be valid through the period required for treatment at KKESH, while others may only be valid for one (1) visit to the Hospital. (Please check with Business Office on the validity of your referral letter).
  • Patients who miss two consecutive appointments without providing 48-hours notice to the Appointments Department will be discharged from care at KKESH. To reactivate the file, it will be necessary to submit a new referral letter ( with an updated and detailed medical report). The need for acceptance for treatment at the Hospital will then be determined by OED.
  • At a certain stage in treatment, the attending physician will decide that the patient has completed all stages of the needed tertiary care at KKESH. As such, the patient will have to continue his/her follow-up care at a local MOH hospital.
  • A special medical committee reviews medical charts of patients with stable conditions or those who have completed their treatment at KKESH. These patients may be medically discharged from care at the Hospital by this committee. In such cases, patients will have to continue their follow-up care at any MOH or other hospital.
  • Opening a file requires a copy of the patient’s I.D or the family I.D Card. So, please bring your I.D. when you come for the first time to the Screening Clinic and Registration, so the procedures of opening a file can be completed.
  • Emergency Cases: Patients in this category are treated at the KKESH Emergency Room and will have a chart opened if their condition requires.