Love at First Sight

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has launched an appeal to support all three neonatal units across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The Love at First Sight appeal aims to raise £150,000 to purchase potentially sight-saving pieces of kit for the neonatal units at the Royal Hospital for Children, Princess Royal Maternity and Royal Alexandra Hospitals.

The state-of-the-art imaging equipment will enable teams across the three hospitals to screen for and detect retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) – abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina – in babies.

In the most serious cases this condition can cause retinal detachment which can lead to complete loss of sight. If detected in time, there is an excellent chance that a baby’s sight can be saved with interventions, which must be performed within 24-48 hours of diagnosis.

Pedro Gonzalez, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Hospital for Children said: “A picture is worth a thousand words, and we need to be able to take photos of tiny babies’ eyes to see if there are any problems. At the moment, we work on diagnosis based on written reports following a visit by an ophthalmologist, but we can more accurately diagnose the condition from a photo.”

Eoghan Millar, Consultant Ophthalmologist also at the Royal Hospital for Children said: “Retinopathy of prematurity is a potentially devastating condition. This equipment will allow us to better serve the most vulnerable in our society. By accurately documenting their condition, illustrating their condition to their parents and educating the wider healthcare community, we will be able to make better treatment choices and save more sight whilst extending care further. We would hope in the future no child would be blinded by this condition and this equipment will take us a step further in that journey.”

To donate to the Love at First Sight appeal, visit:

glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org/donate

You can also support the appeal by joining Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity at their annual sponsored walk and fun day.  Find out more and register today at:

http://glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org/events/sponsored-walk