Hospital In The Sky

Orbis, one of the world’s leading eye charities has reached a major milestone in patient care, delivering over 10 million treatments in a single year, its highest figure in 5 years 
. Orbis’s new ‘third generation’ link Flying Eye Hospital , a unique aircraft that plays a vital role in the fight against avoidable blindness, landed in the UK earlier this month for the first time in history 
The Flying Eye Hospital stands at the cutting edge of medical innovation. To the eye, it appears as a typical passenger plane; however on the inside there is a state of the art operating theatre, with audio-visual equipment that transmits live operations to trainees in a 46 seat classroom at the front of the plane. The aircraft also features pre and post-op spaces and a laser eye suite.
The Flying Eye Hospital enables a global volunteer team of the world’s most highly regarded ophthalmic experts to train local medical professionals, leaving a lasting impact for future generations.

In 2017, the plane will be undertaking treatment and training programmes in Vietnam, Cameroon and Bangladesh. In the past, the plane has flown to: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon, Peru, Mongolia and Indonesia among others.

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