Dr Laura Noonan of the Health Centre in Ballymore, Co Westmeath, has been named Establishing GP of the Year at the 2017 GPBuddy National GP Awards.
Dr Noonan took over a rural GP practice in Westmeath in August, 2016, after the sudden death of the GP principal. She has dedicated the last year almost entirely to building a better service for her patients, while herself battling serious illness. She is also the current director of the ICGP Network of Establishing GPs.
Now in its second year, the annual GPBuddy Awards recognise excellence, innovation and collaboration among GPs all over Ireland. The winners were announced at a gala ceremony recently hosted by television personality and GP, Dr Pixie McKenna, at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.
Dr Shane McKeogh of GPBuddy.ie said: “GPs at all stages of their careers are caring for patients, families and communities. These awards are about recognising the unsung healthcare heroes among us, and the innovation and dedication that can often be taken for granted. Sincere congratulations to all of tonight’s deserving winners. We hope that this event will encourage GPs throughout the country to continue to innovate and inspire new ways of improving patients’ lives.”
As the first and only awards ceremony of its kind in Ireland, the GPBuddy Awards offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the dedication, commitment and innovation of Ireland’s GP community.
For more information about the GPBuddy National GP Awards visit www.gpbuddyawards.ie