Sheffield hospital nominated for award

Tony Rucinski, Macular Society Chief Executive
Tony Rucinski, Macular Society Chief Executive
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The eye clinic of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has been nominated for a national award by its patients.

The clinic’s macular service 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 the clinic’s exceptionally good practice in the care of people with macular degeneration.

Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.

Of the 500,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition, it is estimated more than 9,000 live around Sheffield.

Beryl Heathcote, from Norton Lees, was one of the patients who nominated staff at the clinic for the award.

She said: “The whole team is very kind and friendly. You genuinely feel like they care and are on your side.”

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 September 27.

Tony Rucinski, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: “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.”

n For information, advice or support on macular disease, call the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111.