The Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital has been put forward for the Macular Disease Society’s (MDS) annual Clinical Services of the Year Award in recognition of the outstanding treatment they provide.
The honour highlights the team’s outstanding efforts to help improve the treatment, care, and quality of life of people with the condition.
Macular disease (MD) affects the eye and causes loss of central vision. This can make carrying out everyday tasks such as shopping, reading, watching television and even recognising the faces of others very difficult.
Amjali Chintis, Staff Grade Ophthalmologist, said: “I am pleasantly surprised and humbled to learn the news that we have been nominated for this award.
“When I first heard about the nomination, I was obviously pleased but felt that it was not necessary as I was merely doing my job.
“We started the age-related macular degeneration service at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in 2008 and the following year set up special screening clinics and injection sessions.
“With the help of the whole team, this service is now established and growing, as more and more patients and Optometrists have become aware of macular disease. We are a small but efficient team; everyone has a sense of achievement and is pleased that their work has been recognised.
“It gives me a sense of achievement in my duties as an Ophthalmologist, when the men come and tell me that they can see a golf ball, and the ladies are pleased because they can thread a needle after treatment.
“I feel that public education is vital so that patients with this problem can be identified, seen and treated early. I would like to urge members of the public who have visual distortions, see waves or bumps in straight lines or see a dark patch in the centre of vision to visit an optician as soon as possible.
“I would like thank the administrators of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for supporting us in the development of this service.”
Robert McKay, who nominated the team, said: “The team at the eye clinic demonstrate exceptionally good practice when caring for people with macular disease.
“After being diagnosed as having wet macular disease I was taken into their care and treated just in time. I soon observed that no matter how busy they were there was always time for a quick word and a smile.
“After subsequent visits I felt that I had become a member of an extended family. There was such a feeling of camaraderie in the waiting room, mainly due to the quality of care shown to us and the trust we have in them.
“I’m delighted that I have been treated with dignity and kindness as well as success. My vision in both eyes has improved.
“I would also like to thank the Macular Disease Society for all the help, support and very precious advice given to me and my family over the years.”
Jim Crombie, Director of Surgery and Anaesthetics, said: "We are delighted that the work of the Ophthalmogy Department at the RAH has been nominated for this prestigous award.
“The team have worked extremely hard since the macular degeneration service was introduced and the fact a patient has nominated them is testament to the service they provide.”
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 .