This summer TheaPamex launched a new annual Ophthalmic Nurse of the Year Award in Ireland. In light of all of the hard work and innovation that had taken place during the Covid 19 crisis they decided to call this year’s award “The Pandemic Award” and they looked for nominations from all ophthalmic units nationwide for any innovative or extra work that was carried out during the Pandemic.

Nominations were judged by a team from different ophthalmic units and from a panel of nine candidates, Deirdre Corroon, CNM2 in the Emergency Department, was announced as the overall winner. Her nomination reflected the leadership and innovation she demonstrated since March 2020 as she led the ED team in setting up and staffing a telephone referral system for triaging ED patients, while continuing to provide a direct service for patients in the Department within HSE guidelines.