Manchester Royal Eye Hospital wins two awards in prestigious national ceremony
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital stole the show at The Bayer
Ophthalmology Awards with a double win last night, picking up
commendations for innovation and for team working. The event
recognises and celebrates the outstanding work being carried out by
ophthalmology teams throughout the UK.
The hospital's first win was the Best Ophthalmology Care
Innovation award, for their leading work on a time-saving service
for urgent patients. The EMAC (Emergency Macula) OCT triage service
for urgent macula referrals involves a walk-in service and a
'virtual' review process. New guidelines and rapid treatment
sessions mean that patients are seen extremely quickly and their
conditions therefore managed sooner.
The initiative has particularly benefited patients who suffer
from the leading cause of vision loss in the UK - Age-related
Macular Degeneration (AMD). The condition currently affects more
than 600,000 people in the UK and by 2020, it is predicted that
almost 700,000 people will have later-stage AMD.
The hospital also took home a highly commended award for Best
Ophthalmology Team, for ophthalmic care in diabetics.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes,
occurring when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back
of the eye (known as the retina). If it isn't treated, it can
The team has worked tirelessly to improve the experience of
their patients, implementing various initiatives to provide better
Stephen Dickson, Director of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
"We are absolutely delighted that the drive of our staff towards
continually improving clinical outcomes and delivering the best
possible experience for our patients has been recognised in this
"This passion exists throughout the Hospital and everyone
connected with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital can be very
The winners were announced last night during a ceremony hosted
by OBE and veteran of the British Army, Simon Weston.
The awards are supported by the Macular Society and the Royal
National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Further information about the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital can
be found at www.cmft.nhs.uk/royal-eye.
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About Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is run by Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a leading provider of
specialist healthcare services in Manchester, treating more than a
million patients every year.
Its seven specialist hospitals (Manchester Royal Infirmary,
Saint Mary's Hospital, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital,
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, University Dental Hospital of
Manchester, Trafford General and Altrincham Hospital) and community
services are home to hundreds of world class clinicians and
academic staff committed to finding patients the best care and
treatments. www.cmft.nhs.uk @CMFTNHS
About Bayer Ophthalmology Honours
Bayer Ophthalmology Honours reflects the mission of Bayer
HealthCare, a leader in medical retina, to support science for a
better life, improving patient outcomes and showcasing the very
best care in the UK. This awards programme demonstrates the
commitment of Bayer to support the implementation of good practice
in the NHS, resulting in tangible benefits for patients and
advancements in ophthalmology care in terms of multi-disciplinary
and innovative working.
Bayer Ophthalmology Honours is part of the Bayer Ophthalmology
Masterclass which aims to deliver high-quality and valued
educational support programmes for the ophthalmology community.