Many of us will know Larry Foster very well, he was Secretary of the ELPCSG committee for five years and is still a regular at Edinburgh members’ meetings. Larry is a founding member of Glaucoma Support Edinburgh and we are delighted to report that at the Bayer Ophthalmology Awards 2017 which took place on 6th December 2017 in London, the initiative was commended. The initiative involves NHS Lothian’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Glaucoma Support Edinburgh – International Glaucoma Association Scotland. The aim was to establish a local patient-led support group for Scotland with its own identity, but affiliated to the IGA, with the aim of reaching out to patients and improve awareness of glaucoma in the community.
The judges commented “This entry showcased ‘excellent results’ and fulfils the unmet need that exists in some ophthalmology units. The judges found it interesting and demonstrated clear innovation by being patient led – overall it was a good use of patient support groups and patient ownership.”
Well done Larry, who is pictured centre above with consultants from the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion