Eye team at Kettering General Hospital nominated for award

Venkatadri Sampat from Kettering General Hospital
Venkatadri Sampat from Kettering General Hospital

The eye clinic at Kettering General Hospital has been nominated for a national award after being praised by patients.

The clinic’s macular service is in the running for the clinical service of the year award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.

It’s a tribute to the wonderful work going on at the hospital

Cathy Yelf

The nomination recognises its good practice in the care of people with macular degeneration.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK.

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 third time the team at Kettering General Hospital has been nominated for the awards.

Venkatadri Sampat, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, who has worked at Kettering General since April 2006, said: “Professionally, to be nominated for such an award is a great achievement for both Kettering General and I.

“There is nothing more satisfying than having contented patients, especially in an era where there are huge pressures on the staff and the Hospital.

“I am strongly committed to serving my patients to the best of my ability.

“The ophthalmology department and Kettering General Hospital are extremely supportive.

“This nomination is a reflection of how my patients consider the care provided by my team and I.

“Personally, I am immensely happy to be nominated for the third time for the award in the clinical services category.

“It means a great deal and empowers my team and I to take the service to a higher level.”

Edward Plumb, of Kettering, nominated the team for the award.

He said: “Every step in the examination was explained in a manner that as a patient you understand.”

The judges will now decide on the overall winners and present the awards at the society’s annual London conference on September 26.

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 Kettering General Hospital 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.

It provides free information and support to improve lives and funds research into macular disease.

The Macular Society’s annual award scheme has been made possible with sponsorship from Vision Aid.

For information about macular disease, contact the society’s helpline on 0300 3030111 or email help@macularsociety.org.