The South-West Regional Health Authority’s Ophthalmology Department partnered with the John A. Moran Eye Centre to perform 155 cataract surgeries over a five-day period. The Moran Eye Centre team from Utah, USA, comprised 21 persons, inclusive of six surgeons as well as registered and scrub nurses, technicians volunteers and diplomatic staff. They worked with the Ophthalmology Department at the San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital from August 5th to 9th, 2019 to gift 155 persons with sight and significantly reduce the number of persons in need of cataract surgery in the South-West Region.

 

During this period, the Ophtalmology Department also benefitted from a transfer of skills and knowledge by the Moran Eye Centre Team. Three lectures were conducted by Dr.  Jeff Pettey, Dr. Sophia Fang and Ms. Karen Bachman, for the SWRHA’s Ophthalmology medical staff. Additionally, Registered Nurses Ms. Lori McCoy and Ms. Lisa Willamson conducted sessions for nurses in the Operating Theatre on patient flow and organisation, as well as training in scrubbing procedures and the administration of retrobulbar anesthetic blocks. Staff members were also trained to use the Oertli Phacoemulsification System, received demonstrations of the Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery and Scleral Fixation by the Yamane method.

 

Through this Outreach Programme the Opthalmology Department recorded the highest number of cataract procedures performed in a single day at the San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital. The SWRHA hosted an appreciation mixer for the Team on August 7th 2019 at the Northern Conference Room, San Fernando Teaching Hospital.