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Bristol Eye Hospital Ophthalmologist Wins Prestigious National Sight Award

 Miss Clare Bailey, consultant ophthalmologist at the Bristol Eye Hospital, is 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 support 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 liasing 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 have won this award, 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: Clare Bailey and the team are outstanding professionals whose work makes a tremendous difference to people with MD.   Clares patients appreciate the clinical and medical skills of the team but they also value the compassion and kindness with which the medical care is given.  Clare also fights for her patients and as a result her clinic was one of the first in the country to give treatment for the wet form of MD.  We are very grateful to the team for all they do and we are delighted they have won an award.

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 bout MD - please call the MDS helpline on 0845 241 2041.