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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 cause blindness.

The team has worked tirelessly to improve the experience of their patients, implementing various initiatives to provide better patient care.

Diabetic team Bayer Award winners

Stephen Dickson, Director of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital said:

"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 way.

"This passion exists throughout the Hospital and everyone connected with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital can be very proud".

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.

Further information on the results, categories and entry process for Bayer Ophthalmology Honours can be found at www.ophthalmologyhonours.co.uk.

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Notes to editors:

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.