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16th May 2013

DORCHESTER: Ophthalmologist keeps eye on the prize

By Trevor Bevins.

An eye specialist based at Dorset County Hospital has been nominated for a national award after outstanding praise from patients.

Edmund Murray, Consultant Ophthalmologist, and his eye clinic team are in the running for the “Clinical service of the year” award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.

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

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

Dr Murray said: “It is a great honour to be nominated for this award, especially as it was a patient who felt we deserved this recognition. We have a fantastic team of dedicated staff in the Eye Department at Dorset County Hospital, all focused on providing the very best services and care for our patients. This nomination is for the entire team.”

In nominations for Dr Murray and his team, they are described as courteous, patient and providing excellent treatment in an exceedingly busy clinic.

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 September 28th.

“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: “Edmund Murray and his team do an incredible job in Dorchester and we are delighted that they have been recognised for their excellent work.

“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.

PICTURE: In running for national award - Edmund Murray from Dorset County Hospital.

DORCHESTER: Ophthalmologist keeps eye on the prize

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