St John Eye Hospital, Jerusalem
The St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem is supported by St John Scotland and many of the other St John Priories and Associations across the world.
Owned by St John International, the hospital is open to all races and religions but principally serves the Palestinian population.
The hospital widened into a group of facilities, taking treatment out to areas in need, partly due to the severe restrictions on employment and general movement of staff and patients, now including the Separation Wall, imposed by the Israeli Government.
Situated in East Jerusalem, the main hospital has a very modern operating theatre and a large outpatient department, as well as 49 beds.
St John Scotland is proud to support the Hebron wing of the hospital (pictured), situated on the West Bank, where the charity has donated £277,000 over the past two years. The hospital, which had its official opening in September of 2016, opened in 2005 as a clinic, but in November of 2015, moved into a purpose built clinic which is larger and in a more central location.
St John Scotland also sponsored the Medical Director of the Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, Dr Jeanne Garth, for many years until she retired recently, as well as helping to fund the library, contributing to Patient Relief and Gaza Appeal funds, and funding the overseas specialist glaucoma training of one of the staff’s Palestinian doctors.
The hospital in Hebron provides sight-saving treatments such as cataract and laser eye surgery to treat diabetic retinopathy, and serves the densely populated areas around Hebron and Bethlehem.
Accessing medical care in occupied Palestinian territories is often a difficult and complicated process as patients have navigate numerous movement restrictions. As well as the Separation Wall, which cuts into the West Bank, there are hundreds of fixed and flying checkpoints, as well as a permit system.
Since 2015, the St John Eye Hospital in Hebron has seen 11,000 patients and performed 340 major, and much needed surgeries for individuals who otherwise would not have access to such services.
Find out more about the St John Eye Hospital here: www.stjohneyehospital.org