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General practitioners and healthcare professionals were presented with Awards across 11 categories by television personality, Dr Pixie McKenna (pictured above). A further 21 nominees were commended for their contributions to healthcare across the country.
Now in its third year, the annual GPBuddy.ie National GP Awards recognise excellence, innovation and collaboration amongst GPs, hospitals and healthcare professionals all over Ireland. This year, over 200 nominations were received from all over the country across all 11 categories, from both healthcare professionals and patients.
Dr Shane McKeogh of GPBuddy.ie said: “The quality of the nominations for the Awards this year was truly outstanding. We are all familiar with the pressure the healthcare sector is under and in particular GPs who are the cornerstone of family healthcare. These Awards are about stopping and taking some time to appreciate the positive work that has been done to improve healthcare for patients and the achievements of general practitioners and primary care teams in general across the country.”
Mr Barry Downes, Country Manager at Affidea Ireland and a member of the judging panel, said: “The high level of excellence in General Practice and the stories of GP care that go above and beyond the call of duty, as documented by the patients themselves, gets better every year. Congratulations to all the winners and the hard working and dedicated leaders in their fields who were nominated, which is a testament in itself.”
GP TRAINEE OF THE YEAR
Dr Ahmeda Ali – North-Eastern GP Training Scheme
ESTABLISHING GP OF THE YEAR
Dr Anna Foy and Dr Peter Kelly – Greystones Family Doctors
PRACTICE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Georgie Sliney McCormack – Calderwood Family Clinic
PRACTICE NURSE OF THE YEAR
Ms Eilish O’Sullivan – Riverside Medical Centre
GP TRAINER OF THE YEAR
Dr Jack Keane – Seaholm Surgery, Skerries, Co Dublin
BEST GP AND HOSPITAL COLLABORATION
GP Dermatology Top Ten – Dr Rosalind Hughes, Consultant Dermatologist and Dr Roisin Hambly, Specialist Registrar, St Vincent’s University Hospital.
INNOVATION IN PRACTICE
SNAP GP – Dr Tommy Lynch
SAFETY IN PRACTICE
ATRIAL FIBRILLATION AND STROKE: ABCD OF AF-STROKE PREVENTION IN GP – Dr Diarmuid Quinlan
RURAL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR
Buttevant Medical Centre, Buttevant, Co Cork – Dr Michael Kennedy
PATIENTS’ CHOICE AWARD
Dr Eileen O’Connor, Louisburgh Medical Practice, Co Mayo.
GP OF THE YEAR
Dr John Latham, Latham Medical Centre, Dublin 8.