Ophthalmology team chosen for national award

Royal Hallamshire Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department has been chosen for a top national award following high praise from patients.

The hospital’s James West Clinic team is one of the winners in this year’s Macular Society Awards for Excellence. It has been shortlisted in the Clinical Service of the Year category in recognition of its exceptionally good practice in caring for people with macular conditions.

ne patient, who wrote to the charity to nominate the team, said he ‘cannot speak too highly of the whole team and how I have been treated and cared for from the outset’, having being a patient of the team for the past 10 years. He also praised the team for their ‘use of innovative practices, which have improved the care of patients’, including the introduction of a ‘one-stop clinic’ for people with macular disease.

Chris Brand, an Ophthalmology Consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen for this award. It is even more pleasing to have received the nomination from a patient. The team work extremely hard to provide the best possible service for our patients therefore to receive recognition for this in such a way is extremely rewarding.”

Now in its 10th year, the Macular Society Awards for Excellence is run by the charity to celebrate the inspirational work done to provide services and care for people with macular disease all over the UK.

The team were presented with the award at a ceremony in London.

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss.

Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: “The commitment and dedication of everyone in the James West Clinic team at Royal Hallamshire Hospital is clear to see from the tremendous feedback we’ve received about their work.

“They really have made an incredible difference to the lives of people with macular conditions living in their local community, and we’re delighted to recognise their efforts with this award.”