January 27, 2023


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King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital … 37 years of development

Thirty-seven years ago, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital was able to rank among the best hospitals specialized in ophthalmology in the Middle East, as it kept pace with the latest findings of medical research and renewable studies in ophthalmic technology, and attracted high-level medical personnel of consultants, specialists and researchers. .

Among the latest evidence of the hospital’s achievements is its recent use of the drug “Luxturna” for the first time in the Middle East, which is a gene therapy for patients with hereditary retinopathy resulting from a genetic mutation in the “RPE65” gene and what this drug does in terms of treatment for damage to the “RPE65” gene, which is The only type that can be affected positively by treatment.

The CEO of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Dr. Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al-Rajhi, explained that Luxturna is one of the modern and advanced drugs, as it was only used in the United States and Europe, and published in scientific journals the results of treating 40 patients who used it.

He said, “The importance of the availability of this drug and treatment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in general and in the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in particular, places the Kingdom on the international map of gene therapy and makes it in constant contact with all modern and new treatments in the world, develops the skills and experiences that we have and makes us more attractive to the authorities. Others that have new devices and inventions. “

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi stated that the drug “Luxturna” does not restore vision to normal, but protects people with low vision from deteriorating their condition, and helps in certain cases to restore a small percentage of vision, as the patient can rely on himself in dim lighting without the need to help others.

He pointed out that the hospital was able to persuade the company producing the drug “Luxturna” to advance the date of launching the treatment through the hospital in the Kingdom, which was supposed to be available in late 2020, to 2019, pointing out that the King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital was classified by the Information Systems Association Health Administration “HIMSS” to the seventh level, which is its highest.

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi attributed the reason for the excellence of King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital for this type of treatment, as this is due to the accumulated experience of the hospital since its establishment in 1983, and the hospital has built a great international reputation, advanced clinical and surgical expertise, and has attracted doctors from all over the world at the level of Distinguished, as well as training Saudi doctors to be in the future at a high level of skill and competence.

He stated that King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital was keen to keep pace with the continuous development of modern technology since its inception, and built an international reputation for its superiority in the number of operations and the number of patients returning to the hospital, and the hospital also graduated more than 74% of the Saudi eye consultants, indicating that the hospital increased its capacity for outpatient clinics. By 20% as of 2019 AD, and he was honored at the third quality forum, being one of the hospitals that obtained the highest score of 97% in the Kingdom for his commitment to the basic national requirements for patient safety set by the Saudi Center for Accreditation of Health Facilities.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has topped the Health Performance Index (937) for two consecutive years, with a satisfaction rate of more than 95%, as the hospital starts communicating with the patient to find out his observations and solve them, and is the only hospital in the list of the top 15 government agencies in the maturity index for electronic services.

King Khaled Eye Hospital has placed the patient’s safety and comfort among its top concerns, as it presented the “Sam” voluntary initiative, which aims to serve the elderly and people with disabilities, to facilitate their procedures during their visit to the hospital, as the volunteer accompanies them inside its facilities to provide the help they need.

The hospital is keen to develop the quality of health services, patient safety and raise the level of health care services in the field of ophthalmology in the Kingdom, as it signed a joint cooperation agreement with the Saudi Center for Accreditation of Health Facilities, which aims to activate joint work and continuous cooperation in all fields.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has obtained full institutional accreditation from the Saudi Commission for Medical Specialties out of seven hospitals nationwide.

The hospital also launched the National Program for Retinopathy of Prematurity, which will contribute – God willing – to protect 400 children annually from blindness, and to prevent this disease, the hospital worked on a national system in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, which provided cameras for retinal imaging in preterm infants, and the hospital trained nurses in Special care departments for premature babies in Saudi hospitals require eye imaging and send it to the hospital, and thus they are sent to doctors through an application developed by the hospital’s IT department, thus diagnosing the condition, and directing the appropriate treatment for it without transferring the child from care.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital has also launched an administrative arms program for the Saudization of administrative personnel in the hospital’s departments, which aims to qualify university and institute graduates for professional administrative work, and the “Clinical Research Coordinator” program, which supports the research department in other hospitals with a qualified staff.

The hospital launched a training program for ophthalmic ultrasound, which is the only one in the Middle East, which will contribute to training specialists to be highly professional national competencies in this rare field, in addition to launching an ophthalmology technician program with the new version to meet the internal and external needs of other hospitals. All of them are certified by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital includes several departments, including the Medical Education Department, which is specialized in training resident doctors and subspecialists in ophthalmology branches, in addition to the Medical Simulation Education Department, which is available under the umbrella of medical education, and contains surgical programs approved by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties And also training doctors to perform surgical operations using simulation devices.

The Medical Education Department receives visiting doctors from different countries of the world, and it also receives male and female students from Saudi universities for training in the basics of eye examination.

The hospital has (Eye Bank), which is a technical department established 36 years ago, and works to provide the cornea, the sclera, and the amyloid membrane for use in various cases, whether for the hospital or other hospitals in the Kingdom, and it has a specialized and carefully trained team on how to obtain the cornea from deceased donors in the Kingdom in cooperation With (the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation) and is being examined to ensure its safety.

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital is unique to the Aesthetic Building Clinic, which is specialized in installing an artificial eye for patients who have lost an eye, and the aim of it is to give a natural view by installing an artificial eye similar to a healthy eye, and the clinic is based on the manufacture, coloring and installation of the eye using plastic materials that are exposed to pressure and heat in order to evaporate chemicals to avoid Any sensitivity of the patient, and the clinic pays attention to the smallest details in the formation of the eye so that it is closest to the real shape.

The health education section of the hospital is interested in launching awareness campaigns to prevent the causes of blindness, and takes into account the psychological state of patients, especially children who suffer from eye removal and other industrial conditions, as a team consisting of health educated and specialists in social service and the rehabilitation of the blind, creates groups in which patients and their families participate to listen To their problems, support and give them hope through the experiences of some of the group’s participants.

The department has worked, in cooperation with the medical team, to organize awareness campaigns in public places and schools, in addition to homes for the elderly and older women, orphans, and prisons in a number of regions of the Kingdom in coordination with their hospitals, in addition to spreading awareness through social media.