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Local GP Practice scoops prestigious award


The Hunter Family GP Practice in Brownlow, Craigavon has received the prestigious Royal College of General Practitioners (NI) Quality Practice Award in recognition of their achievement in delivering high standards of patient care.

The Quality Practice Award, which is recognised throughout the UK, is the highest award given by the College to a practice designed as a measure of excellence. It is a quality assurance process, undertaken by GP practices, which recognises a high standard of quality patient care delivered by every member of the practice team.

In order to achieve the Award each practice is required to submit a portfolio of written evidence relating to specific criteria including clinical care, health promotion, and continuity of care as well as successfully completing a practice visit by a panel of four assessors.

The Hunter Family Practice is only the 15th practice in Northern Ireland to receive the Award and the first husband and wife practice to do so.

Lorraine Hughes, Practice Manager, said: “As a small family practice, we are all truly delighted to have achieved this award, the culmination of a prolonged period of hard work by everyone in the practice team and attached staff. We have found it a very challenging, but very rewarding process. The practice strives constantly to find new ways to improve our service to our patients, and these efforts are recognised by this award.”

A spokesperson from the Health and Social Care Board said: “The Board is delighted to learn of this award and extends its congratulations to the doctors and their staff at the practice in Craigavon. It shows that patients here benefit from care services of the highest quality and it also reflects a high standard of primary care across Northern Ireland.”

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