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Fundraising target achieved - upgrading the MHCECC Operating Room

The upgrade of the Operating Room at the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre is complete!

It is a measure of success that a second anaesthetist and an additional consultant in paediatric glaucoma have been employed at the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre. Confidence of referring opthalmologists increases with the successes of previous patients, and word of mouth is a powerful means of attracting new patients. Information on the availability and use of facilities and equipment such as the RetCam is filtering through the province and beyond, particularly since the Neonatal Ophthalmology convention at LVPEI, Bhubaneswar in July 2010.

There was therefore continuing pressure to upgrade the existing Operating Room. The expansion is in line with the longer term plan to develop the MHCECC into an independent paediatric eye care institute. The MHMT transferred £32,000 for this project.

In the three years we have been increasing capacity in the MHCECC. there have been approximately 30,000 Outpatients appointments and 3,000 surgeries, and it is anticipated that surgeries will increase by a minimum of 130 per year in the short- to medium-term. Increasing numbers of children require general anesthesia either for surgery or for examination. The new equipment enhances the safety level of all anesthetic procedures.

An additional anesthesia work station means it is now possible to use two Operating Rooms simultaneously whenever required and there are options for delivering anesthesia by utilizing different anesthetic agents.The ultrasound B Scanner assists diagnosis and treatment; the baby warmer reduces risks of hypothermia and lowers levels of anesthetics administered. A microscope mounted camera, adapter and computer with software for editing enables documentation for teaching and research purposes.

THANK YOU to all our supporters who contributed to the OR upgrade!

The MHMT's new fundraising target is £20,000 for a Specular Microscope.

Click here to donate or see our Donate page for fundraising ideas. Thank you.

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