Dr Laura Bunting of Broughshane Medical Centre has been announced as this year’s winner of GP of the Year award, presented by The Royal College of General Practitioners.
RCGP represents over 1,400 GPs across Northern Ireland, and each year awards one GP, nominated and judged by patients, who have gone above and beyond to support their patients.
This year’s award aims to recognise tireless work done by GPs and their practices throughout the pandemic.
Chair of the RCGP Northern Ireland, Dr Laurence Dorman, said that the large number of nominations “perfectly illustrates the high-value people across Northern Ireland place on their local GP practice.”
Speaking of her award, Dr Laura Bunting said, “I am truly humbled and delighted to have received this accolade. It means so much to me that my patients took time out of their busy days to nominate me for this award and it is heartening to know how valued general practice is.
“It is a deeply challenging time for general practice in Northern Ireland and there have been a lot of long days. Receiving this award, and knowing my patients value the care I provide, makes the difficult days worth it.”
Dr Bunting was nominated by a patient who praised the GP for her respectful attitude towards patients, treating them with dignity and allowing adequate time to process information.
Dr Dorman echoed this: “The person-centred care she provided for her patients had compassion and quality at its heart and this is a richly deserved accolade.”