High sights for excellent optician

David Kitchingman, of Optisavers, is in the running to be named Optometrist or Optician of the Year
David Kitchingman, of Optisavers, is in the running to be named Optometrist or Optician of the Year

An optomoterist from Chorley says he is ‘grateful’ after being nominated for a national patient care award.

David Kitchingman, of Optisavers, is in the running to be named Optometrist or Optician of the Year as part of the Macular Disease Society 25th Anniversary Awards for Excellence.

He has been recognised for his efforts in providing advice and information to patients affected by macular disease.

Mr Kitchingman said: “I’m very grateful for the nomination.

“I’m not in the line of work that I am for the praise, but it is obviously nice for people recognise that I’m doing my best.

“A lot of people think you just go to your optometrist and get a new pair of glasses, but I make sure that eye health is promoted and patients understand the importance of it.

“I try to give the personal touch to all of my work.”

Eileen Astley, who nominated Mr Kitchingman for the award said: “Mr Kitchingman is extremely helpful and very well informed concerning issues regarding macular degeneration, which in my experience is not always the case with other optometrists.

“He has a very pleasant manner with all his patients, no matter what their eye problem is and does not waste any time sending them on to the appropriate consultant if necessary.

“He will go out of his way to help you, when you speak to him it is like talking with a friend.”

Judges will now decide if Mr Kitchingman is to be crowned winner of the award at the Society’s annual London conference on September 22.

Helen Jackman, Chief Executive of the Macular Disease Society, said: “It is clear from his nomination that David Kitchingman works hard to improve the lives of people affected by macular disease, with excellence in advice and information.

“We are extremely grateful for his efforts in Chorley.”

The Optometrist or Optician of the Year title is new for 2012 and combines with four other award categories.

These are the Chairman’s Award for Volunteering, Clinical Service of the Year, Support and Community Rehabilitation Professional of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year.

To celebrate the society’s 25th anniversary a London based art exhibition will take place in September and a series of Top Doctor seminars will be held across the country to explore the latest in treatment and research.

•The Macular Disease Society was set up 25 years ago to support people with the condition, offering information, advice and funding research to find a cure.

The charity’s annual awards are designed to recognise the work of everyone who helps the society fulfil its goal, of building the confidence and independence of people with macular disease.

For information, advice and support about macular disease, contact the Macular Disease Society’s Helpline on 0845 241 2041 or send an email to help@maculardisease.org. n guardian.newsdesk@lep.co.uk