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Bristol Based Clare Bailey Nominated Prestigious National Sight Award

19 July 2010

Miss Clare Bailey, a consultant ophthalmologist at the Bristol Eye Hospital has been nominated to receive the best practitioner of the year award in the clinical services category from the Macular Disease Society, for the untiring work she does with the visually impaired.

According to Mrs. Kitts, head of Bristols Macular Disease Group, Clare Bailey is much appreciated by all her patients at the Bristol Eye Hospital for both her professional expertise and her warm and friendly personality. She knows everybody by name despite the fact that she sees hundreds of different patients a month. She makes you feel as though you are the only person in the world when she is treating you, not to mention the wonderful work she did in liaising with the local Primary Care Trusts to obtain early funding for use of the drug Lucentis, prior to the final NICE guidance recommending its use. 

Miss Bailey is also implementing further patient support at the hospital to lessen the anxieties of newly diagnosed patients. The work she does is truly wonderful.

Miss Bailey and her team at the Bristol Eye Hospital currently see and treat over 650 patients with wet macular degeneration per month in a rapidly expanding service, as well as assessing many others with dry macular degeneration and other retinal disorders. According to Miss Bailey, Its a great honour to be nominated and inspiring to have support for the service we run. We have a fantastic team of imaging technicians, nurses, doctors and administrative staff at Bristol Eye Hospital who make all of this possible. We have designed our clinics to offer our patients a one stop service where they are able to have their assessment and treatment all in one visit.  We also undertake research to strive to improve the treatments for our patients.

The awards scheme began last year and due to its success The Macular Disease Society, a national charity which supports people with MD, has decided to make the awards an annual event. More than half a million people are thought to be affected by MD in the UK, most of them over the age of 65.  MD destroys a persons central vision meaning they cannot drive, read or recognise faces.

The Macular Disease Societys Chief Executive, Helen Jackman, said: Macular Disease can be a life-altering condition, but it doesnt have to be life-ending. Often people with MD are able to enjoy life and make the best of their vision because of the wonderful work so many people do. There are doctors, nurses, eye clinic staff, rehabilitation workers, fundraisers and volunteers to whom we want to say thank you.  These awards are to recognise the excellent work which goes on and I am delighted that Clare has been nominated.

The winners will receive their awards at the Societys conference in London on 25th September 2010.

For details of local Macular Disease Society (MDS) groups and meetings - or any other information about MD - please call the MDS helpline on 0845 241 2041.