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Accreditation for charity flying eye hospital

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has gained accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASFI).

The accreditation aims to standardise and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities and assures the public that patient safety is a top priority. The hospital passed inspection of hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety, the same criteria used to evaluate first class outpatient facilities in the US and around the world.

Dr Ahmed Gomaa, medical director of the flying hospital, said: "Earning the AAAASFI accreditation means we are providing patients around the world with the best care possible in line with international standards.

"The Orbis team and volunteer faculty can now provide hands-on training to convey the latest medical knowledge to help local eye care professionals treat patients and address the leading causes of blindness in their communities in an accredited facility."

AAAASFI President, Dr Ronald Iverson, said: "The decision by Orbis to pursue accreditation cannot be overstated. It speaks volumes about the organisation's commitment to medical and clinical excellence on board. This is an important achievement for the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital and AAAASFI is pleased to endorse Orbis's performance in patient safety and quality."

(Taken from Optometry Today www.optometry.co.uk)

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