Three members of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s ophthalmology department have set off for Zambia this week on a 10 day mission to support a number of Zambian ophthalmologists and allied eye care workers in the country.
This is at the invitation of the National Eye Care Co-ordinator.
Recently, the Zambian Government recognised the need to invest in eye care, with glaucoma treatment and surgery being recognised as a priority.
Tony Burton, Associate Specialist in Ophthalmology; Eve Panesar, Advanced Orthoptist; and Caroline Clarke, Optometrist, have travelled to Livingstone in Southern Zambia and, together with two Portsmouth-based colleagues, will be skill sharing on the topics of glaucoma and binocular vision.
Tony, who has a specialist interest in glaucoma and medical retina, says:
It’s an opportunity to fulfil a lifelong ambition to help other less fortunate in the best way we know how – through our friendship and expertise.
Caroline said: In some cases, state of the art equipment is available, but we need to help our Zambian colleagues to make the best use of it. There is a desire amongst them to develop and enhance their clinical and surgical skills with the help and support of visiting specialists.
For the ophthalmology team at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, it presents a great opportunity to develop and share best practice with fellow allied eye care professionals from across the world.
issued by:Harrogate Informer
20th September, 2016