Dr. Peter Cackett of Eye Surgery Scotland, aimed to help people where he can in the war-torn Ukraine, by trying to gather Ophthalmic equipment and supplies that could be delivered to support the country.
Hibernian Community Partner Eye Surgery Scotland, alongside other organisations such as NHS Lothian, rallied around to pull together a list of essential items to help both children and adults across Ukraine.
Items such as specialist lights and cameras for ophthalmic examinations and vision tests were distributed to over 300 paediatric ophthalmic examinations and vision tests were distributed to over 300 paediatric ophthalmology departments across the country, as requested by Professor Sergiy Rykov, who is President of the Association of Paediatric Ophthalmologists of Ukraine.
The kind donations from these organisations were delivered to Ukraine by two final year medical students from Edinburgh and Dundee Universities. This followed in the footsteps of a group of medical students who provided ophthalmic aid to Lviv back in 1993.
Dr. Cackett from Eye Surgery Scotland, said: “I felt that it is important to help Ukrainian ophthalmologists as I had previously helped take ophthalmic aid Lviv, Ukraine in 1993.”
He Added: “The Ukrainian Ophthalmologists are delighted with equipment which has been sent. I have started colleting equipment again to deliver ophthalmic aid to Ukraine and have been trying to source financial donations to help play for transportation.”
“We are also looking into potentially providing some assistance to Lasi, a city in Romania where Ukrainian refugees have been arriving and also Moldova.”
“We also want to re-establish observeships for Ukrainian Ophthalmologists to come to Edinburgh to receive further training.”
To find out more about Dr. Cackett and Eye Surgery Scotland, and how their eye surgeons are using the latest technology to provide the safest care possible to tailor for each patients individual needs, visit: https://www.eyesurgeryscotland.com/