Rotherham Hospital’s eye clinic has been nominated for a national award after outstanding praise from patients.
The Trust is in the running for the ‘Clinical Service Of The Year’ award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence. The nomination recognises the Ophthalmology Department’s good practice in caring of people with macular degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. More people are affected as our population ages.
‘Clinical Service Of The Year’ is an award for medical staff, teams or services which provide diagnosis or treatment for macular disease, and which demonstrate exceptionally good practice in the care of people with central vision loss.
Shakti Thakur, a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for the Trust’s Ophthalmology Department, accepted a certificate on behalf of the team. She said: “It’s fantastic to hear we have been nominated for an award from the Macular Society, particularly one voted for by patients. It shows that we’re working hard to provide the best possible care for everyone in Rotherham who is suffering from age-related macular degeneration.
“Thank you to patients who nominated the whole team, it really means a lot and I hope it gives other patients, now and in the future, confidence they are in good hands when they come to see us.”
The team’s nomination will now be handed over to the judges, who will decide on a shortlist and then on the overall winners, before presenting them with their awards at the society’s annual London conference on 24 September.
Cathy Yelf, Chief Executive of the Macular Society, said: “We’re delighted that Rotherham Hospital has been nominated for one of our awards. It’s a tribute to the wonderful work going on at the hospital and we are grateful that even within very stretched NHS services there are people who can still provide truly excellent services.”
The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. It provide free information and support to improve people's lives and funds research into macular disease.
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