Global eye care hope soars with airborne teaching hospital
An aircraft that houses an ophthalmic teaching hospital, containing an on-board operating theatre, training and broadcasting facilities, and treatment rooms, recently visited London Stansted Airport in the UK.
The ‘Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’ – the only such facility in the world – will provide local ophthalmologists and their teams access to training as well as performing eye surgeries, helping prevent blindness in the developing world, where access to eye care is usually limited.
The custom-designed, third-generation ‘Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’ is situated on board an MD-10 aircraft that was donated by the company Fed-Ex, and is the result of a collaboration between Orbis, the international blindness charity to receive the hospital, and Novartis’ UK- and Ireland-based eye care division, Alcon, which provided surgical equipment and funding.
Between 11th March and 17th March 2017, supporters at Stansted Airport had a chance to glimpse the specially designed aircraft.