Eye clinic is up for health gong

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A CLINIC spe­cial­is­ing in age re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion has been nom­i­nated for a na­tional award af­ter out­stand­ing praise from pa­tients.

Eye­care Med­i­cal, based on By­rons Lane, 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 its ex­cep­tion­ally good prac­tice in the care of peo­ple with mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion.

AMD af­fects the cen­tral vi­sion and is the most com­mon cause of sight loss in the UK.

‘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.

An­drew Need­ham, con­sul­tant oph­thal­mol­o­gist and chief ex­ec­u­tive, said he was de­lighted to have been nom­i­nated for the third year in a row.

He said: “We are ex­tremely proud to have been nom­i­nated for the third con­sec­u­tive year by our pa­tients and hope to win it for a sec­ond year.

“We are pas­sion­ate about pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent high-qual­ity ser­vice for our pa­tients in our three clin­ics in Cheshire and it is re­as­sur­ing to know that we are ful­fill­ing our aim.

“We regularly re­view the way we care for our pa­tients. As a re­sult of lis­ten­ing to our pa­tients we re­cently opened a new com­mu­nity AMD clinic in North­wich which is closer to home for many.

“This new clinic pre­vents pa­tients hav­ing to travel great dis­tances un­nec­es­sar­ily.”

Vera Rice, of Mac­cles­field, who nom­i­nated Mr Need­ham and his team, said: “Mr Need­ham takes great care of his pa­tients. He gives help and his pa­tience is unique.

“The calm­ness with which he treats ev­ery ques­tion you asks puts one at ease, and his staff also, have to be praised.”

Judges will present the awards at the So­ci­ety’s an­nual Lon­don con­fer­ence on Septem­ber 26.

Cathy Yelf from the Mac­u­lar So­ci­ety said: “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 staff at fa­cil­i­ties firm Sodexo scaled the three largest moun­tains in the UK within 24 hours to raise money for Seashell Trust

●● An­drew Need­ham and staff at Eye­care Med­i­cal in Mac­cles­field

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