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Derby eye specialist nominated for national award

Published 19/06/2013

‘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. 

This is the second year in a row that Mr Puri has been nominated for the award, with patients keen to express their gratitude for the care provided.

Mr Puri, consultant ophthalmologist said: “I am delighted that my team at the Royal Derby Hospital have been nominated again by our patients for this award. We work extremely hard to ensure that our patients receive the best care and it is particularly humbling to have been nominated by them.”

Richard Hancock is a patient who nominated Mr Puri and his team. He said: “Mr Puri heads a department that exceeds in every respect. From the time you arrive at reception, through the various stages of assessment and treatment, the service is outstanding! It is not just that the staff do their job, it is how everyone does their job. The whole team shows a caring approach and they are always available to help or advise.

“Such a team has to be led by someone who ‘sets the tone’ and leads by example. I have great pleasure in nominating Mr Puri and his team; they thoroughly deserve to be honoured.”

Margaret Cliffe is another patient who submitted a nomination. She said: “We all receive excellent care from Mr Puri and his team of staff in the eye department. All the staff are efficient, understanding and caring of patients which creates a happy atmosphere. They all work extremely hard. “I have had excellent treatment for the past 3½ years for my macular degeneration. The Royal Derby Hospital is the best.”

The 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 28 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.’

Helen Jackman, Chief Executive of the Macular Society, said: “Pankaj Puri and his team do an incredible job in Derby and we are delighted that they have been recognised for their excellent work again this year.

“It’s amazing to hear how people have made such a difference to the lives of others. There are some fantastic people working within the sector, so it’s great to be able to celebrate their hard work in this way.”

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.

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


For more information on this press release contact Tim Goddard, Public Relations Officer, Macular Society on 01264 321987 or tim.g@macularsociety.org 

Last Modified 19/06/2013