Rugby Hospital of St Cross team nominated for national award

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FOR the second year running a team of Rugby eye specialists have been nominated for a national award after outstanding patient praise.

Sergio Pagliarini and his team at the Hospital of St Cross are in contention to win the Clinical Service of the Year award as part of the Macular Disease Society 25th Anniversary Awards for Excellence.

The nomination recognises the team’s exceptionally good practice in the care for people with macular disease.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. There are many other forms of macular disease, including juvenile macular dystrophies.

Mr Pagliarini, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, said: “I am very proud that the Ophthalmology Team at the Hospital of St Cross has been nominated for this award. My team work extremely hard to deliver a first class service and it is great that we have been recognised for our efforts.

“The Trust proudly opened a £2million state-of-the art Macular Unit at the Hospital of St Cross last January. The unit treats patients with macular degeneration, a devastating eye disease caused by bleeding in the retina at the back of the eye.”

There is no cure for macular disease, but treatment via injection is available for one form of the condition described as “wet” age-related macular degeneration.

Beryl Cooke, a patient who nominated the team, said: “The support of all the team, including clerical staff, photographers, nurses and the doctors has been fantastic. They have given me the confidence to carry on with my life.

“On my visits to the unit, you can see everyone is treated exceptionally well and with respect, I cannot thank them all enough.”

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: “Sergio Pagliarini and his team do an incredible job in Rugby 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 individuals 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 emailhelp@maculardisease.org.