Call for Nominations for Third National GP Awards 2018 in association with Affidea Ireland, Ireland’s most widely used online resource for GPs, today launched the third annual GPBuddy National GP Awards in association with Affidea – Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging services including MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray, CT and DEXA scans. The Awards will be held in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Friday 21st September 2018.

Healthcare professionals, General Practitioners and healthcare institutions from all over the country are now invited to send in their nominations across 12 categories, which include GP of the Year, Rural Practice of the Year and the Patients’ Choice Award, in which the general public can nominate their own GP.

Speaking on this year’s Awards, Dr Pixie McKenna said: “I am honoured to have been asked by GPBuddy to be involved in these awards for the last three years. I never cease to be overwhelmed by the quality of the nominations for the Awards and the high standards of professionalism across healthcare in Ireland today. As a GP who lives and works in the UK, I look forward to the GPBuddy National GP Awards every year as a great way to catch up with some old friends and dear colleagues. It’s always a great night in Dublin and I’m genuinely really looking forward to it so get nominating!”

Barry Downes, Country Manager of Title Sponsor, Affidea, added: “GPs in Ireland do fantastic, admirable work at the coalface of Irish healthcare. These Awards are a unique opportunity for us to recognise their achievements and those of all the healthcare professionals who work tirelessly in our health service day and night for patients across the country. As Ireland’s leading diagnostic imaging provider, we are honoured to be in a position to give something back to our GPs and all those healthcare workers who will celebrate excellence with us, GPBuddy and Dr Pixie McKenna next September.”

Dr Darach Ó Ciardha of concluded: “These Awards are a staple on the annual calendar for GPs and healthcare workers around the country – from the smallest practice in rural Ireland to large multi-doctor primary care centres in the capital. We are very proud and humbled to be in a position to host these Awards and celebrate the achievements of our healthcare workers who are doing amazing work very often in difficult and challenging situations. The excitement around this year’s Awards is huge and we are looking forward to it being our biggest Awards ceremony yet.”

Healthcare professionals and organisations from all over Ireland can nominate now across 12 categories, while patients can vote for a GP of their choice in the Patients’ Choice Award. Category. The Categories for the GPBuddy National GP Awards 2018 are:

GP of the Year
Establishing GP of the Year
GP Trainee of the Year
GP Trainer of the Year
Rural Practice of the Year
Patients’ Choice Award
Practice Nurse of the Year
Practice Admin of the Year
Best GP/ Hospital Collaboration
GPs in the Media
GP Research of the Year
Innovation in Practice Award

The closing date for entries to the GPBuddy National GP Awards is Friday, 15th June 2018. To enter or nominate an individual or organisation, please visit Entry forms will also be available at participating GP practices.

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About Affidea

Affidea offers premium diagnostic imaging through its network of 12 clinics located across Ireland. Affidea operate the most up to date fleet of diagnostic imagery machinery in Ireland and in 2018 will conduct over 200,000 scans for both public and private partners. Affidea has grown to be the largest independent provider of high-end diagnostic imagery, with a focus on delivering prompt yet thorough diagnoses and high-quality treatments by working only with state-of-the-art technology, modern, easily accessible clinics and experienced medical professionals.

Affidea Group operates 238 Diagnostic and Cancer Treatment Centres in 16 countries across Europe. The company employs over 7,000 professionals, of which more than 870 are medical doctors.

In the changing climate of healthcare service provision in Europe, Affidea has developed a unique business model and value proposition based on Positive Patient Experience, Proven Medical Outcome and Performance Improvement. By focusing on these principles, Affidea is able to provide exceptional value for all its stakeholders. These are patients, who experience the service; physicians, who refer patients for diagnostic imaging; and authorities of the public healthcare system, who regulate the operating environment and bear the cost of the public service.

The foundation upon which Affidea has been built is trust. Both doctors and patients know that we strive to provide the best standard of care, delivered by the best professionals with the most modern technologies. Patients trust and rely on doctors. Doctors trust and rely on us.
What’s Affidea’s secret to transforming the standards of healthcare service provision? Our people. Healthcare professionals that know what they are doing and care about what they do. They make us who we are today. And who we want to be tomorrow.
We implement the highest standards and procedures to ensure safety. Affidea is committed to becoming the first European diagnostic provider to shape a new paradigm in patient safety by introducing a company wide Dose Excellence Programme ensuring the right balance between dose and image quality.
Affidea has an extensive network of international affiliations with the world’s top medical institutions to ensure that our doctors always have immediate access to the latest medical knowledge, clinical guidelines and medical procedures in all Affidea medical centres in order to ensure the highest quality diagnostics and cancer treatment.
We know that hospitality is important.  We care about how you feel and want to make each visit  to an Affidea centre as comfortable as we can.  An exceptional patient experience is ensured by delivering a personalised service in modern and comfortable service settings where you feel safe and confident that you are receiving the highest quality medical care.
Technology has done more for health today than it has ever done and will do even more in the future. Affidea is committed to operating a best in class medical equipment base and maintain it’s long standing relations with major equipment producers to ensure our patients will always have access to the latest, most innovative and effective technology.
We develop and exchange best practice. Patients deserve to know what we do, how we do it and why we do it. The continuous improvement of all Affidea care delivery processes is achieved by capitalising on the company’s extensive experience in 14 European countries and an organised effort to share best practice to improve patient safety and patient experience.