The 60th anniversary of the Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland (RCGP NI) has been celebrated with a gala awards evening in the Dunadry Hotel.
Dr Martin Wilson, from Lisburn Health Centre, won the General Practitioner of the Year award, nominated by GPs’ patients, in recognition of his “outstanding care and compassion”.
Dr Wilson said: “I am overcome. I plan on retiring next year and this has been the highlight of my career.”
Practice Administration Team of the Year was won by the Crawford Practice in Bangor and Mrs Roberta Walsh, from Mount Oriel Medical Centre in Belfast, was named Practice Manager of the Year.
The Caring About Carers Award went to Dr Paula Coyle and the team at The Surgery, Kennedy Centre, Belfast.
Health Minister Edwin Poots reflected on the contribution GPs make to individuals and communities.
“RCGP NI has played a pivotal role in the ever-changing provision of health and social care in Northern Ireland over six decades,” he said.
“I expect the coming years will see further significant changes and I am sure the college will continue to play an important role.”