Last weekend staff from the Royal Eye Infirmary in Plymouth marked their move to new facilities at Derriford Hospital by pushing a giant inflatable eyeball between the two locations.
Wearing T-shirts which read ‘Let’s get the RE(eyeball) rolling,’ staff carried the giant white and blue eyeball, which was sourced from America, over three miles before being greeted by the chief executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS, Ann James.
Steve Slater, medical and ophthalmic photographer at the Royal Eye Infirmary, was involved in organising the event. “It’s important to mark the move,” he said. “It’s a big change for everybody and it’s nice to mark the transition from here to our new home.”
He added: “Initially we thought about a bed push and then it was suggested to roll eyeballs along the route and eventually we settled on the idea of a giant eyeball, which was more difficulat to find than a beach ball. Eventually I sourced one from America.”
The new Royal Eye Infirmary at Derriford Hospital is now fully operational.