Shortlist announced for the National GP Awards 2018, in association with Affidea Ireland

General Practitioners and healthcare professionals to be honoured for innovation and progress., the online resource for GPs in Ireland, today announced details of the shortlisted nominees for the third annual National GP Awards, in association with Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging services. The winners will be announced by GP and television personality, Dr Pixie McKenna, at a glittering awards ceremony in Dublin on Friday 21st September.

Now in its third year, the annual National GP Awards recognise excellence, innovation and collaboration amongst GPs, hospitals and healthcare professionals all over Ireland. This year, nominations were received from all over the country and across 11 categories, from both healthcare professionals and patients.

Dr Shane McKeogh of says: “The quality of the nominations has truly been 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.”

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 of the hard working and dedicated leaders in their fields who were nominated, which is a testament in itself.”

The National GP Awards offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the dedication, commitment and innovation of the thousands of GPs delivering healthcare in communities throughout the country.  Hundreds of nominations were reviewed by the judging panel, which comprises experts from across the medical, healthcare, media and business sectors.

The Shortlisted Nominees for the National GP Awards 2018 are:


This Award goes to a current GP Trainee who has made a significant contribution to General Practice and / or overcome adversity to excel in General Practice.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Niamh Murphy, RCSI Dublin North-East GP Training Scheme.
  • Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, UCD Dublin Mid-Leinster GP Training Scheme
  • Dr Ahmeda Ali, North-Eastern Regional GP Training Scheme.

This Awards goes to a GP in the early stages of his or her career who has demonstrated leadership and / or innovation in General Practice.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Kandan Loganathan, Hilltop Medical, Drogheda, Co Louth.
  • Dr Anna Foy and Dr Peter Kelly, Greystones Family Doctors, Greystones, Co Wicklow.
  • Dr Clodagh Buckley and Dr Michelle Quinlan, Cedarville Medical Centre, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.

This Award goes to a practice team member who has improved a practice’s performance and patient experience.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Barbara O’Brien, Blackrock Medical Clinic, Blackrock, Co Dublin.
  • Eileen Palmer, Buttevant Medical Practice, Buttevant, Co Cork.
  • Georgie Sliney McCormack, Calderwood Family Clinic, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

This Award goes to a Practice Nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her General Practice and / or Community.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Eilish O’Sullivan, Riverside Medical Centre, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15.
  • Triona Casey, Killarney Medical Centre, Killarney, Co Kerry.
  • Theresa Lowry-Lehnen, The Medical Centre at the Institute of Technology, Carlow.

This Award goes to an inspirational GP who is recognised by their trainees as providing invaluable leadership and direction.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Mary Behan, Calderwood Medical Clinic, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
  • Dr Jack Keane, Seaholm Surgery, Skerries, Co Dublin.
  • Dr Martin Lane, Millbrook Medical Centre, Bandon, Co Cork.

 This Award goes to a GP and Hospital initiative that has improved services, access and communication in primary care.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • GP Dermatology Top Ten, Dr Rosalind Hughes, Consultant Dermatologist and Dr Roisin Hambly, Specialist Registrar, Vincents University Hospital.
  • Primary and Secondary Care Collaboration for Bedwetting, Dr Nick van der Spek, Consultant Paediatrician, Cavan General Hospital.
  • Community Based Systematic Screening for Atrial Fibrillation in High Risk Cohorts, Prof Ronán Collins, Director of Stroke Services and Consultant Physician, Tallaght Hospital.

This Award goes to a practice that can demonstrate innovation in primary care at a practice, local or national level.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • The Medic’s Mic, Dr John Maher.
  • Safetynet Primary Care, Dr Cathy Cullen.
  • Snap GP, Dr Tommy Lynch.

This Award goes to an initiative, project or audit that demonstrably improves patient or staff safety in practice.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke: ABCD of AF-Stroke Prevention in GP, Dr Diarmuid Quinlan.
  • Improving the Cardiometabolic Care of Patients with Schizophrenia, Dr Evelyn Lynn, Dr Barry Mahon and Dr Jim Collier.
  • Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnant Women, Dr Aoife Wrynn, Dr Donal Wallace and Dr Elaine Fallon.

This Award goes to a practice in a rural area that demonstrates excellence in patient care, for isolated patients in particular.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Louisburgh Medical Practice, Dr Patricia Henaghan.
  • Buttevant Medical Centre, Dr Michael Kennedy.

This Award is voted for by patients.  It goes to a GP who is recognised by his or her patients as having a noteworthy positive impact on patient experience.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Rory Stewart, Creeslough Health Centre, Creeslough, Co Donegal.
  • Dr Lara Delaney, Beaumont Park Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9.
  • Dr Eileen O’Connor, Louisburgh Medical Practice, Louisburgh, Co Mayo.

This Award, nominated by GP peers, goes to a GP who embodies the highest principles of the profession and demonstrates leadership and excellence in patient care.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Annraoi Finnegan, Marina House Medical Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
  • Dr John Latham, Latham Medical Practice, Thomas Court Primary Care Centre, Dublin 8.
  • Dr Cathy Cullen, Safetynet Primary Care, Catherine McCauley Centre, Dublin 7.

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About Affidea

Affidea entered the Irish market in 2007 through the acquisition of MRI Ireland. Since then, over ten locations have been added to the network in Ireland, with state-of-the-art centres opening in Waterford and Tallaght as part of a €15m investment in the Irish healthcare sector. Affidea, which employs approximately 300 people, is investing an additional €25m in Galway and Limerick. Affidea also offers additional services including minor injury treatment at its centres in Dublin and Cork, expanding to all clinics nationwide by 2020.

Affidea Group offers premium diagnostic imaging, cancer detection and cancer treatment services, with a focus on delivering prompt yet thorough diagnoses and high-quality treatments by working only with the latest technology and experienced medical professionals.

Over the years, Affidea has built a solid foundation in Private Public Partnerships. The company works closely with governments to provide essential diagnostic and cancer treatment services to populations across its ever-expanding European network. Affidea operates 235 diagnostic and cancer treatment centres in 17 countries across Europe. The company employs over 4,400 professionals, of which more than 1,000 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.