The Richmond Road team at the awards ceremony last week. Photograph: courtesy RRMC

Richmond Road Medical Centre has been recognised as one of the top GP surgeries in the country by the national General Practice Awards 2021.

The Hackney surgery was shortlisted for its dedication to improving healthcare in the Clinical Improvement: Public Health and Prevention category.

Dr Gopal Mehta, practice partner, said: “I am so thrilled for our team and exceptionally proud that we have yet again been chosen from among hundreds of hard-working practices across the country.”

It is the fifth year in a row that Richmond Road has appeared in the awards. Last year, the practice took home the prize for GP Team of the Year. It has also previously won Practice of the Year and been shortlisted for Reception Team of the Year.

The practice hosted ‘Peppa Pig’s Flu Clinic’ in October. Photograph: courtesy RRMC

Dr Mehta, who was highly commended for GP of the Year in 2018, said: “The entire team has worked exceptionally hard to transform the practice into a centre of innovation, access and opportunity, with patient needs at the forefront.”

The surgery, located by London Fields, has run a number of initiatives this year to engage patients in the community.

In October, it teamed up with the Sandringham Practice to host ‘Peppa Pig’s Flu Clinic’ – an activity day where children could get their flu vaccine, have their faces painted and meet the children’s TV favourite.

Since the start of the pandemic, the practice has offered weekly yoga, fitness and tai chi classes, available to all at no cost. It has also pioneered a child development programme for expectant parents and launched a cervical smear campaign.

This focus on mental and physical wellbeing has been central to the practice’s approach in what Dr Mehta says has been “an exceptionally difficult few years for so many of our patients”.

Find out more about the practice here.