Peter Cackett has announced that the first Ophthalmic Aid to Eastern Europe shipment of general surgical and ophthalmic materials arrived at Lviv Military Hospital yesterday.

Peter Cackett said: "Many thanks to Nick Smith from BVI Medical and Hash Modha for the donations which were gratefully received by the ophthalmologists." 

Eye News urge ophthalmologists to continue to donate medical supplies amid the war in Ukraine. Information on the supplies which are required, and how to donate, can be found below. 

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Due to the ongoing Russian invasion, there is a major shortage of surgical supplies in Ukrainian hospitals.

Eye News recently published an article on the Ophthalmic Aid to Eastern Europe (OAEE) efforts towards the end of the 20th century.

Irina Gout and Peter Cackett, contributors to the article, have been in communication. They have called for further relief efforts, to provide surgical supplies to under-equipped hospitals in Ukraine. 

Lviv hospital has released a list of critically-needed supplies. These items could be surplus or expired equipment. The organisers welcome ideas on how to source them:

  • Polypropylene Surgipro 2, 3, 5 (with 1 and 2 Needles)
  • Vicryl rapide Suture 3-0
  • Fogarty embolectomy catheters: 5F, 6F, 8F
  • Antiseptic and antimicrobial dressings for infected and burn wounds
  • Antiseptic solution for wounds (Prontosan, Betadine and others)
  • Cream for wounds with antibiotics, antiseptic and antiseptic
  • Plasters (various types)
  • Surgical dressings 90x90
  • Surgical instruments (Forceps, scissors, needle holder, artery forceps)
  • Temporary Vessel Shunt They are also looking for the following for wound treatment: Heaco NP32S or Exsudex Type W1.
The authors appeal to the multiple Trusts throughout the UK in search of these supplies.
Any information on the sourcing of the above can be directed to Peter Cackett. Email: pdcackett@hotmail.com  
Mr Cackett will then contact volunteers at the Ukrainian Club in London who will collect and deliver donations to the required locations in Ukraine.