Sunderland Eye Infirmary has been nominated for a national award after outstanding praise from patients.
Deepali Varma and the infirmary’s macular service are in the running for the ‘Clinical service of the year’ award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.
The nomination recognises its exceptionally good practice in the care 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.
‘Clinical service of the year’ recognises medical staff, teams or services who provide diagnosis or treatment for macular disease, and who demonstrate exceptionally good practice in the care of people with central vision loss.
Deepali, clinical lead for the macular service at Sunderland Eye Infirmary, said they were honoured to be nominated.
She said: “Our macular team strives to provide patients with excellent health care, so to learn that our work has been appreciated and to be nominated for this award for the fourth consecutive year is very inspirational and reassuring.
“Our Macular service strengths include a prompt, effective and holistic service that is constantly responsive to patient needs and at forefront of ophthalmic research into new treatments for macular conditions.
“In my role as the clinical lead for the macular service at Sunderland Eye Infirmary, I get to work with wonderful people and, along with my team, get an opportunity to look after elderly patients with visual impairment, to treat their retinal degeneration, thus improving their quality of life and maintaining their independence as long as possible.
“This opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives is very fulfilling and motivating.”
The winners will be announced at the Society’s annual London conference on September 26.
Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: “We’re delighted that Sunderland Eye Infirmary 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.”
For information, advice or support concerning macular disease, contact the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org