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UMHBT doctors place 15th in triathlon

Doctors from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) have ran, swam, and cycled to raise awareness and funds for the Macular Unit at Westmorland General Hospital.

The UHMBT macular clinic treats patients who have age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal pathologies such as; blockages in retinal vessels. The aim of the department is to preserve vision, hopefully enabling patients to maintain their independence.

On Saturday 16 June 2018, three members of staff from the department took part in the NHS triathlon in Bolton. Each member cycled, swan or ran. The team included:

Mr Simon Morgan, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Patil Jayaprakash, Associate Specialist in Ophthalmology and Dr Lakshmi Patil, Trust Associate Specialist.

The team achieved a very admirable 15 place nationally, with Mr Morgan placing eighth in the cycling leg. By taking part in the triathlon and various other events throughout the year the team aim to raise £100k for Bay Hospitals Charity, which will fund equipment for the Macular Unit. This equipment will hopefully enable them to expand the service offered to local patients.

Dr Lakshmi Patil said; “The triathlon has been something that we have entered since it first started in 2012. As a team we enjoy the time as it gives us the opportunity to network with other Trusts as well as being ambassadors’ proudly promoting UHMBT.

“We have been taking part for the last six years, but this time it felt extra special as my nine year old daughter, and ex paediatric patient of the eye department, is also taking part in the junior’s triathlon. It was very special to have my daughter alongside me at the event. She has seen the benefit of the hard work that the eye department does and she was so grateful for the treatment and warm welcome she received that she wanted to take part in the triathlon as a way to give back to the department and the wider community.

Bay Hospitals Charity is a registered charity, raising money to improve patient care and hospital experience at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust hospitals. Every day incredible things happen across our hospitals, but this is not without cost. By donating to Bay Hospitals Charity you can fund the latest equipment and help make your local hospitals more comfortable, ensuring you get the best possible care and treatment.

Donations can be made to: www.justgiving.com/linda-williams33. Further information on the NHS Fun Tri can be found at: http://www.nhstriathlon.co.uk/.

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