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Blackburn hospital eye specialists nominated for national award
A TEAM of eye specialists at the Royal Blackburn Hospital have been nominated for a national award after outstanding patient praise.
Staff providing the hospital’s Macular Service are in the running for the Clinical Service of the Year award as part of the Macular Disease Society 25th Anniversary Awards for Excellence.
The society has been inundated with nominations from patients wanting to recognise the team’s exceptionally good practice in the care of people with macular disease.
Audrey Gardiner, a patient who nominated the team, said: “I have received three lucentis injections and many tests.
“Without the care, compassion and seamless service at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, I don’t know what I would have done. It was a difficult six months, but my vision is now stable. From the secretaries who personally arrange appointments to the special care of the photographer and nurses, they all helped to put my mind at ease.
“I owe the Blackburn Macular Team my sight and my future.”
Dr Salwa Abugreen, consultant ophthalmologist, said: “We are delighted to have been nominated and are extremely pleased that patients are happy with the service.
“I’d like that thank everyone who took the time to nominate the team and it’s great to hear what a difference we have made to people’s sight, independence and their lives.”
Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.
Winners will receive their awards at the society’s annual London conference on September 22.
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