Barton Lane Practice has changed its name to Tallowwood Health.

Both the Tamworth community and how healthcare is delivered look very different now from when we began over 130 years ago. Throughout that time, our practice has changed names and locations to meet the healthcare needs of the community. This tradition continues as we look forward to the future as Tallowwood Health.

We’re changing our name but everything else remains the same. Our leadership remains local. Our core values remain continuity, integrity, healthy choices, and excellence. You’ll still find us within the Tamwell building, and the same staff will answer the same phone number. This is an opportunity to innovate, to serve, and to keep looking after Tamworth for many years to come.

121 Johnston Street
(Tamwell Building, Ground floor) Tamworth, NSW 2340

Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm

For urgent medical concerns outside these hours, please contact the on-call doctor on the after-hours phone number. Please note this is a service only available for current regular patients only. Fees apply for phone advice and call outs.

Please note:
The practice is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Ph: 02 67666166
Fax: 02 67666341

After hours on-call doctor: 0407 255 321

For all emergencies please call an ambulance on: 000

EXCELLENCE

At Tallowwood Health (formerly called Barton Lane Practice), we strive that everything we do is defined by excellence and we are thankful for the recognition we have received in this area:

2022 – Winner – RACGP – National General Practice of the Year

2022 – Winner – RACGP NSW & ACT (State) – General Practice of the Year

2022 – Finalist – Quality Business Awards – Excellence in Small Business

2022 – Nominee – Quality Business Awards – Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Well Being

2022 – Nominee – Regional Business Awards – Excellence in Small Business

2022 – Finalist – PHN Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards: Primary Care Leader – Organisation category

2021 – Finalist – Quality Business Awards – Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Well Being

2019 – Finalist – Quality Business Awards – Excellence in Customer Service in Health & Well Being

CONTINUITY

As a testament to continuity, the Australian Tallowwood is one of the oldest of around 900 species of eucalypt, and experts believe it to be around 40-44 million years old. The bulk of species we see today have developed over the past 2-10 million years, pointing to the steadfast nature of the Tallowwood.

The history of Tallowwood Health originates in 1892, with the move by Dr. Austin Nathaniel Cooper into the building at 454 Peel Street Tamworth, on the eastern corner of White Street.

From this time, a number of doctors continued in the practice from the same building, known locally at first as “454” then as the “Big Five” (during the 1950s), and then the “Big Six” (this was a reference to the number of doctors).

The practice then moved into purpose-built premises at 131 Marius Street in 1985, thus becoming the Marius Street Medical Centre.

In 1998, the doctors moved from the Marius Street building to a medical center, built at the corner of Johnston Street and Barton Lane.

In 2023, Barton Lane Practice changed its name to Tallowwood Health, looking forward to continuing well into the future.

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Welcome to our fully accredited, modern practice. We have been providing high quality medical care to the Tamworth region since 1892.

Sending a huge thank you to Dr. Matthew Sherlock and his thoughtful team at North Sydney Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre 🙏 for the wonderful spread of sandwiches 🥪, wraps 🌯, and fresh fruit 🍇 from Fresh a Peel! 🙌 Your generosity brightened our day! 💫 Dr. Sherlock is one of our visiting specialists who frequents roughly once a month. As a visiting consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, Dr. Sherlocks expertise in sports injuries, trauma, and shoulder and elbow joint replacement is unmatched. His focus on minimally invasive techniques for surgery leads to quicker recoveries for patients. Thank you, Dr. Sherlock, for keeping us fueled and smiling! 😊Image attachment

Sending a huge thank you to Dr. Matthew Sherlock and his thoughtful team at North Sydney Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre 🙏 for the wonderful spread of sandwiches 🥪, wraps 🌯, and fresh fruit 🍇 from Fresh a Peel! 🙌 Your generosity brightened our day! 💫 Dr. Sherlock is one of our visiting specialists who frequents roughly once a month. As a visiting consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, Dr. Sherlock's expertise in sports injuries, trauma, and shoulder and elbow joint replacement is unmatched. His focus on minimally invasive techniques for surgery leads to quicker recoveries for patients. Thank you, Dr. Sherlock, for keeping us fueled and smiling! 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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Sigh, shall have to prompt Dr Gooden. .lol

🐰🌼 Tallowwood Health Easter Opening Hours 🌼🐰

Dear Tallowwood Health Family,

As we prepare to celebrate Easter and embrace the spirit of renewal, we want to keep you informed about our holiday opening hours. Your health and well-being are always our top priority, so please take note of the following schedule adjustments. 📆

For any urgent medical matters during these times, please dont hesitate to reach out to:
* The Urgent Care Clinic at 02 6768 3222.
* Tamworth Base Hospital located on Dean Street.
* Our dedicated after-hours on-call doctor at 0407 255 321.

We hope you enjoy a rejuvenating and peaceful break with your loved ones. 💕 If youre traveling during this time, please take extra care and stay safe on the roads. 🚔

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter filled with joy, relaxation, and cherished moments. 🏡

Warm regards,
Your Tallowwood Health Team 🌟

🐰🌼 Tallowwood Health Easter Opening Hours 🌼🐰

Dear Tallowwood Health Family,

As we prepare to celebrate Easter and embrace the spirit of renewal, we want to keep you informed about our holiday opening hours. Your health and well-being are always our top priority, so please take note of the following schedule adjustments. 📆

For any urgent medical matters during these times, please don't hesitate to reach out to:
* The Urgent Care Clinic at 02 6768 3222.
* Tamworth Base Hospital located on Dean Street.
* Our dedicated after-hours on-call doctor at 0407 255 321.

We hope you enjoy a rejuvenating and peaceful break with your loved ones. 💕 If you're traveling during this time, please take extra care and stay safe on the roads. 🚔

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter filled with joy, relaxation, and cherished moments. 🏡

Warm regards,
Your Tallowwood Health Team 🌟
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3 weeks ago
🎉🎈 Happy Birthday, Maria! 🎈🎉

As Sunday approaches, were gearing up to celebrate Maria, our remarkable admin team member and movie enthusiast! 🎂🥳 Maria, your dedication to our team doesnt go unnoticed, and your love for movies always adds an extra sparkle and a touch of magic to our team. Heres to a birthday filled with popcorn, laughter, and blockbuster hits! 🍿🌟 We truly appreciate your hard work and the positive energy you bring to our team every day. Enjoy every moment of your special day, Maria! 🎉🎬

Here are Noah and Maria savouring the stunning Apple Tourtière from one of our absolute favourite spots, Le Pruneau! 🍏🥧 It’s a must-try! 😋

🎉🎈 Happy Birthday, Maria! 🎈🎉

As Sunday approaches, we're gearing up to celebrate Maria, our remarkable admin team member and movie enthusiast! 🎂🥳 Maria, your dedication to our team doesn't go unnoticed, and your love for movies always adds an extra sparkle and a touch of magic to our team. Here's to a birthday filled with popcorn, laughter, and blockbuster hits! 🍿🌟 We truly appreciate your hard work and the positive energy you bring to our team every day. Enjoy every moment of your special day, Maria! 🎉🎬

Here are Noah and Maria savouring the stunning Apple Tourtière from one of our absolute favourite spots, Le Pruneau! 🍏🥧 It’s a must-try! 😋
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4 weeks ago

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Maria would like to thank all those who liked and commented regarding her birthday. “Thank you all so much for your wishes, kind words and likes. It truly meant a lot to her and made my birthday even more special!” -Tallowwood Health team

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday Maria.

Yum yum. Hope it was a great day

Happy Birthday Maria 🎂🥂💐

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🌟 Meet our Dr. Sarah Woodford! 🌟 

Originally hailing from nearby Gunnedah, Dr. Sarah moved to the hustle and bustle of Sydney to complete her medical degree but promptly discovered the city was not for her! ✨ 🌆 She went on to complete her studies in Wagga Wagga before returning to the region, completing an internship in Newcastle and residency in Tamworth. During her training, Dr. Sarah made history as the first junior doctor in the region to complete a rural general practice rotation in Scone, which was instrumental in her decision to pursue rural general practice training. 🚀

Dr. Sarah has undertaken further formal studies in paediatrics through the Sydney Child Health Program 👶🏻👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 and emergency medicine by attaining the Emergency Medicine Certificate via the Australian College of Emergency Medicine, but her heart remains in general practice and learning all there is to know! 

Dr. Sarah is passionate about her home region and rural general practice, 🤠❤️ not only because of the sense of community and lovely, friendly, and medically interesting patients, but also because shes committed to serving her community, recognizing the pressing need for more rural GPs in our area. She hopes to be in the region for a long time to come! 🥹🌟

Outside of work, Dr. Sarahs love for Tamworth shines through as she explores the town on her runs, obsessing over koalas, and contributing to her church community. 🐨🐕 Her downtime is filled with quality time with her husband, her spirited Jack Russell, and sharing endless cups of coffee and laughter with loved ones at local cafes, while listening to Taylor Swift on repeat! 🎶☕️

You can find Dr. Sarah working part-time at Tallowwood Health from Tuesdays to Thursdays. 📆

🌟 Meet our Dr. Sarah Woodford! 🌟

Originally hailing from nearby Gunnedah, Dr. Sarah moved to the hustle and bustle of Sydney to complete her medical degree but promptly discovered the city was not for her! ✨ 🌆 She went on to complete her studies in Wagga Wagga before returning to the region, completing an internship in Newcastle and residency in Tamworth. During her training, Dr. Sarah made history as the first junior doctor in the region to complete a rural general practice rotation in Scone, which was instrumental in her decision to pursue rural general practice training. 🚀

Dr. Sarah has undertaken further formal studies in paediatrics through the Sydney Child Health Program 👶🏻👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 and emergency medicine by attaining the Emergency Medicine Certificate via the Australian College of Emergency Medicine, but her heart remains in general practice and learning all there is to know!

Dr. Sarah is passionate about her home region and rural general practice, 🤠❤️ not only because of the sense of community and lovely, friendly, and medically interesting patients, but also because she's committed to serving her community, recognizing the pressing need for more rural GPs in our area. She hopes to be in the region for a long time to come! 🥹🌟

Outside of work, Dr. Sarah's love for Tamworth shines through as she explores the town on her runs, obsessing over koalas, and contributing to her church community. 🐨🐕 Her downtime is filled with quality time with her husband, her spirited Jack Russell, and sharing endless cups of coffee and laughter with loved ones at local cafes, while listening to Taylor Swift on repeat! 🎶☕️

You can find Dr. Sarah working part-time at Tallowwood Health from Tuesdays to Thursdays. 📆
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1 month ago

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The community is blessed to have such a special lady.

Go get them Sarah

Welcome

Welcome

Well aren’t they lucky

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Happy Internationals Womens Day to all our incredible team members at Tallowwood Health.

Without each and everyone of you, we could not achieve what we achieve. We value and appreciate you all. 

Pictured are some of our amazing team members. 🩷Image attachment

Happy Internationals Women's Day to all our incredible team members at Tallowwood Health.

Without each and everyone of you, we could not achieve what we achieve. We value and appreciate you all.

Pictured are some of our amazing team members. 🩷
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1 month ago

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Yay team!!! Happy International Womens Day, but don't let's forget the men in our lives also!

New Patients

At present Barton Lane Practice is experiencing an increased demand for appointments. As such, we do not currently have any GPs who are able to take on new patients at this time. We will continue to review our availability and hope to be able to take on new patients again soon.

Billing Information

Our goal is to provide you with high quality, comprehensive health care. As such we do not bulk bill as we cannot maintain our standard of medical care on the rebate available.
However, we do provide medical care for concession card holders at a discounted rate.
We also seek to provide care in innovative ways for people with a range of complex and chronic health care conditions. We are able to run many specific services for a range of common chronic health issues with little or no out of pocket cost to you. If you have a chronic health care need please talk to one of our doctors or other staff to learn more about what this could mean for you.
The current fee scale is displayed at reception. Please ask our receptionists for further details. We ask that fees be settled in full at the time of consultation.

INTEGRITY

The Tallowwood’s integrity is world renowned. Known for their large size and disease-resistance, the trees are native to the eastern seaboard of Australia and can often be found growing in neat clusters, standing side by side with their kin. The trees reach stretches across the Great Dividing Range, far from the richer soils of the coast, yet still thrives among their eucalypt cousins, proving it’s adaptability and determination

In the care we provide, committing to ethical and compassionate practice. By acting with kindness, honesty, respect for others and self, and in doing so being responsible, reliable and accountable for the work we do

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