Torbay Hospital team nominated for national award
AN AWARD nomination has given the perfect send off to a retiring eye specialist at Torbay Hospital.
Michael Cole, who has recently retired after 23 years as a consultant at the hospital, and the eye clinic team are in the running to be named Clinical Service of the Year as part of the Macular Disease Society 25th Anniversary Awards for Excellence. The nomination from patients recognises the team’s exceptionally good practice in the care for people with macular disease.
Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. There are many other forms of macular disease, including juvenile macular dystrophies.
The team is described as courteous, helpful, efficient and kind in nominations submitted by patients.
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There is no cure for macular disease, although there is treatment via injections for one form of the condition described as “wet” age-related macular degeneration.
Mr Cole, Consultant Ophthalmologist, said: “The nomination shows that patients are truly satisfied with the care provided by the team. It’s nice for the staff to be recognised for their hard work.
“One of the major differences between the macular service and other departments is you get to know the patients very well as they come back every month for treatment. I enjoy the patient contact and getting to know people.
“It’s been great to witness new treatments come through and how these have benefitted patients.
“Every member of the team here is pleasant and welcoming. The patients feel well looked after as they go through the department and I think appreciate the way we work as a team.”
The team’s nomination will now be handed over to the judges, who will decide on the overall winners and present them with their awards at the Society’s annual London conference on 22 September.
Activities to celebrate the Society’s 25th anniversary include hundreds of Tea for MD fundraising parties, a London based art exhibition in September and a series of Top Doctor seminars across the country to explore the latest in treatment and research.
Helen Jackman, Chief Executive of the Macular Disease Society, said: “Michael Cole and his team do an incredible job in Torbay and we are delighted that they have been recognised for their excellent work.
“It’s amazing to hear how people have made such a difference to the lives of others. There are some fantastic people working within the sector, so it’s great to be able to celebrate their hard work in this way.”
Clinical Service of the Year is one of five categories in the award scheme. Other titles include Optometrist or Optician of the Year, the Chairman’s Award for Volunteering, the Support and Community Rehabilitation Professional of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year.
The Macular Disease Society was set up 25 years ago to support people with the condition, offering information, advice and funding research to find a cure. The charity’s annual awards are designed to recognise the wonderful work of everyone who helps the Society fulfil its goal, of building the confidence and independence of people with macular disease.
The Macular Disease Society Awards 2012 were kindly sponsored by Dolphin and Optima Low Vision Services.
For information, advice and support about macular disease, contact the Macular Disease Society’s Helpline on 0845 241 2041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.