Moorfields wins two Macular Society excellence awards

Moorfields Eye Hospital retinal therapy unit has been awarded ‘clinical service of the year’ and Dr Omar Mahroo, retinal specialist for Moorfields and Wellcome clinician scientist, has won ‘rising star of the year’in the Macular Society excellence awards.

The Macular Society runs its annual excellence awards to celebrate the inspirational work done to provide services and care for people with macular disease across the UK.

Consultant ophthalmologist and head of the medical retina service, Declan Flanagan and his retinal therapy unit team were nominated by a patient for the Clinical Service of the Year award. The patient felt the team delivered exceptionally good care for their macular disease and the Macular Society has also recognised the excellent service this team has delivered by awarding them this prestigious prize.

Dr Omar Mahroo has been recognised as a star of the future, for his innovative research into building a greater understanding of retinal disease and developing better ways of directly assessing retinal function. He has also been praised for his efforts to educate fellow ophthalmologists about retinal conditions and commitment to always putting his patients first.

The awards will be presented at the Macular Society’s national annual conference, which takes place in London on Saturday 21 September.

Declan Flanagan, head of the medical retina service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “Winning this award is a reflection of the outstanding dedication of Moorfields staff across our entire clinical service to provide the best possible care for our patients. We are delighted to be recognised for our efforts as we continue to strive for excellence in all areas.”

Dr Mahroo, retinal specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “It’s great to be recognised for my work so early on in my career. This award further motivates me to continue to work towards better understanding of macular disease, which could help us find cures.”

Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, said: “These awards are our chance to highlight the incredible work being done by so many eyecare professionals in the fight against macular disease.

“The commitment and dedication shown by the whole team at the Retinal Therapy Unit is clear to see from the tremendous feedback we’ve received about them. Alongside this, Dr Mahroo has already accumulated a hugely impressive body of work which is highly respected by his peers.

“We’re delighted their efforts have been recognised in such a fitting way and I’d like to add my congratulations to them for this excellent achievement.”

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