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Banbridge doctor wins GP of the Year Award

The Royal College of General Practitioners, which represents over 1500 GPs across Northern Ireland, is proud to announce that Dr Jonathan Dillon of Banbridge Medical Practice has been awarded GP of the Year 2021.

RCGPNI’s GP of the Year Award is nominated and judged by patients, to recognise the tireless work GPs and their practice teams have done throughout this pandemic, going above and beyond to support patients.

In addition to this, across the region, GPs have been an essential part of the pandemic response and have vaccinated almost half of our population and supported new ways of working in the community to help reduce waiting lists.

Dr Jonathan Dillon, 2021 GP of the Year, commented:

“I am honoured and humbled to be awarded GP of the Year, however I was more delighted that one of my patients took time out of their busy lives to nominate me and I would like to sincerely thank them for that. I also want to thank the fantastic team at Banbridge Medical Practice for their tireless work at this challenging time. This is an Award for all of our practice team.”

“Sometimes in General Practice and particularly now, the demand is so high and there are so many barriers that it can feel like you are never making a difference. Negativity on social media is at an all-time high, but it really makes the long hours and difficult work worthwhile to know that your patients genuinely appreciate and value the care you provide. I also want to thank my parents, my wife and my three children for all their support, particularly over the last year of long hours. I could not have done it without them."

Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of RCGP Northern Ireland, commented:

“We are delighted with the response to our annual awards this year, with more patient nominations for GP and Practice of the Year than in any other previous year. This highlights the value patients place on general practice and receiving high quality care in the community. I also want to congratulate my colleague, Dr Jonathan Dillon for being honoured as Northern Ireland’s GP of the Year. The person-centred care he provided had compassion and quality at its heart and this is a richly deserved accolade.”

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