Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s state-of-the-art macular unit is based a short walk away from St Luke’s Hospital, on Trinity Road, Bradford.
The award-winning unit provides outpatient and day case services to adults and children as well as support and advice to inpatients with a variety of eye conditions.
It features the most sophisticated scanning equipment capable of detecting a number of eye conditions and plays a leading role in maintaining the city’s eye health.
The new centre, which opened in December 2017, allows patients with suspected wet macula degeneration to be seen and treated for this condition quicker, improving the chances of success. Patients can be referred directly to the centre by their opticians via a fast-track referral system.
The team features many different health professionals with specialist eye knowledge. They carry out a range of tests to identify and diagnose eye conditions and carry out ground-breaking treatment.
The Macula Centre is part of the Trust’s Ophthalmology Department, which is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials which are taking the lead in eye-care research.
In 2016, the ‘first class’ work of Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ ophthalmology service was recognised by two prestigious national awards.
The accolades came from the Bayer Awards Programme, which is supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Visionary (a membership organisation for local sight loss charities) and recognise and celebrate the outstanding work being carried out by multi-disciplinary teams in ophthalmology throughout the UK, identifying exceptional initiatives that demonstrate clinical excellence and innovation.
In 2016, a special Judges’ Award was presented to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Ophthalmology Research Network, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for its work in ‘enhancing patient care through research’.
The Macula Centre’s Macula Service Coordinator, Cara Mitchell, was also presented with the Ophthalmology Unsung Hero award.