Croydon University Hospital nominated for national award

By - Monday 3rd August, 2015

The medical retinal service at Croydon University Hospital has been nominated for a national award after outstanding praise from patients. The nomination recognises its exceptionally good practice in the care of people with macular degeneration. 

Release begins: Consultant ophthalmologist Marta Ugarte and the macula team are in the running for the ‘Clinical service of the year’ award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. More people are affected as our population ages.

‘Clinical service of the year’ is an award for medical staff, teams or services which provide diagnosis or treatment for macular disease, and which demonstrate exceptionally good practice in the care of people with central vision loss.

Marta Ugarte said: “We are deeply honoured with the nomination for ‘Clinical Service of the Year 2015 Award’. It is fantastic to have been recognised as a unit who delivers a high quality service and a team committed to achieving excellent care.

“This nomination has truly inspired us to scale new heights. Our team recently collaborated on the development of a new appointment schedule balancing demand and supply in the intravitreal therapy clinic, which has been instrumental in reducing waiting time. We will continue with our efforts consistently identifying potential improvements and undertakes to make them happen.

“This nomination has encouraged us to reflect on how our patients value our service and we will pursue our constant aim to be prompt and pro active in anticipating and attending our patients’ needs. Thank you very much for nominating us.”

Dr Ron Cox, who nominated the team and made special mention of clinical director Chris Canning, said: “I found that, without exception, they are obviously very competent and go to great lengths to communicate in understandable terms both diagnosis and prognosis. They invariably show me (and explain) what comes up on the screen. All this is done with great enthusiasm and felicity.”

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 26 September.

Clinical service of the year’ is one of four awards presented by the charity. There are also honours for ‘Support or rehabilitation professional of the year’, ‘Optometrist or optician of the year’ and the ‘Chairman’s award for volunteering’.

Cathy Yelf, Chief Executive of the Macular Society, said: “We’re delighted that the Croydon University Hospital’s medical retinal service has been nominated for one of our awards.

“It’s a tribute to the wonderful work going on at the hospital and we are grateful that even within very stretched NHS services there are people who can still provide truly excellent services.”

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. We provide free information and support to improve lives today and we fund research so that one day we can overcome macular disease.

The Macular Society’s annual award scheme has been made possible because of the generous sponsorship of Vision Aid.

*For information, advice or support concerning macular disease, contact the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email .

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon University Hospital.



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  • Anne Giles

    There are ways of preventing this. I have macular spots, which I have checked each year. I never look outside when the sun is out and wear sunglasses. I also follow the diet for that. Certain foods help to prevent this.