About this event

  • Date and time Thu 2 Mar 2023 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Palliative Care

The GMC and NICE recommend that healthcare professionals should discuss the option of tissue donation with patients to explore their wishes in the context of advanced care planning. However, the literature shows that healthcare professionals are reluctant to raise the option of eye donation (Madi-Segwagwe et al 2021, Prous et al 2015, Rocon et al 2013).

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight the barriers to having these conversations and to improve practice. Our first speaker, Dr Long-Sutehall will discuss the findings from a recent study investigating potential, practice, preference, and perceptions in the context of eye donation. Our second speaker, Ms Winstanley will discuss her experience as a lead nurse for the NHSBT Tissue and Eye Services and share her knowledge on having conversations about cornea donation.

Attendees will then have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in the discussion.  

Benefits of attending:

  • Understand the importance of eye donation discussions. 
  • Appreciate the possible barriers to having cornea donation discussions. 
  • Develop your knowledge on how to discuss cornea donation with patients and families.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Clare Smith, Palliative Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Anna Zatorska

Eye donation from palliative and hospice care contexts: Investigating potential, practice, preference and perceptions

Dr Tracy Long-Sutehall, University of Southampton

Speaking to patients and families about eye donation

Pre-recorded video simulation of Dr Sarah Mollart, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Nicholas Hospice Care

Experience of eye donation

Ms Emma Winstanley, Lead Nurse, Tissue and Eye Services NHS Blood Transport Services 

Recipient experience

Pre-recorded video of a recipient of eye donation

Questions and answers
Close of meeting



Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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