Written by Meghan Thibodeau, Administrative Assistant, Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation

The Auxiliary's donation toward highly specialized equipment will allow for 500 more eyesight-saving surgeries to be performed each year.

Members of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently visited the new retinal operating room at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre to learn more from retinal specialist Dr. Hugh Parsons about the highly specialized eye surgery that is performed here.

Along with their many other donations to the Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation, the Auxiliary donated $50,000 to help equip this retinal operating room with the latest in highly specialized eye surgery equipment. Opened last year, the retinal operating room will allow for 500 more eyesight-saving surgeries to be performed each year for procedures that include retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.

The Auxiliary's work for the hospital goes back to the 1940s, when members set out to raise $100,000 to help build Surrey Memorial Hospital, which was opened in 1959. For more information about the retinal operating room, visit the Foundation website.


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