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:
There is no Saturday clinic in January 2024.

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.

👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ Yesterday, we celebrated Primary Health Care Nurses Day, a moment to shine a spotlight on the incredible dedication of our nations 96,000 primary health care nurses! 🌟

While hospitals often steal the limelight, its important to recognize that primary health care is where it all begins. Often overlooked, nurses are pivotal as the first point of contact for many seeking medical assistance. They play a crucial role in prevention, early intervention, and ongoing care, impacting the health and wellbeing of every Australian. 🌏💙 Beyond hospital walls, from general practice to schools, aged care to community outreach, defense to disability, these unsung heroes work tirelessly to be the backbone of our health care system, providing vital support where it matters most. 💪

Yet, despite their expertise and willingness, nearly a third of primary health care nurses in Australia are unable to work to their full potential. Its time for change. 🔄

The APNA - Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association is calling for policymakers to tap into the potential of these highly skilled professionals. Nurses are ready, willing, and able to tackle chronic diseases, prevent illness, and bridge workforce gaps – if given the opportunity. 📈💉

As we celebrate their invaluable contributions, lets also advocate for policies that empower primary health care nurses. Together, we can build a healthier future for all Australians. 🏥💚

📸 Attached photo: Meet our exceptional nurse team at Tallowwood Health, exemplifying unparalleled dedication and care on this special day. ✨Image attachmentImage attachment

👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ Yesterday, we celebrated Primary Health Care Nurses Day, a moment to shine a spotlight on the incredible dedication of our nation's 96,000 primary health care nurses! 🌟

While hospitals often steal the limelight, it's important to recognize that primary health care is where it all begins. Often overlooked, nurses are pivotal as the first point of contact for many seeking medical assistance. They play a crucial role in prevention, early intervention, and ongoing care, impacting the health and wellbeing of every Australian. 🌏💙 Beyond hospital walls, from general practice to schools, aged care to community outreach, defense to disability, these unsung heroes work tirelessly to be the backbone of our health care system, providing vital support where it matters most. 💪

Yet, despite their expertise and willingness, nearly a third of primary health care nurses in Australia are unable to work to their full potential. It's time for change. 🔄

The APNA - Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association is calling for policymakers to tap into the potential of these highly skilled professionals. Nurses are ready, willing, and able to tackle chronic diseases, prevent illness, and bridge workforce gaps – if given the opportunity. 📈💉

As we celebrate their invaluable contributions, let's also advocate for policies that empower primary health care nurses. Together, we can build a healthier future for all Australians. 🏥💚

📸 Attached photo: Meet our exceptional nurse team at Tallowwood Health, exemplifying unparalleled dedication and care on this special day. ✨
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Yay - keep on keeping on team

They care every day

Can you elaborate on what the nurses would like to be doing to utilise their full potential?

🌟 Meet Dr. Ciara O’Carroll! 🌟

👩‍⚕️ Meet our newest addition to the team, Dr. Ciara O’Carroll, a dedicated GP who brings a wealth of experience to our practice and a genuine passion for patient care. 🇮🇪🍀 After completing her GP training at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 2017, Ciara embarked on a journey that led her to our doorstep in Australia in 2021. 🦘🇦🇺 With a passion for Women’s Health, Dr. Ciara holds advanced certifications in Contraception and Obstetrics from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, making her a trusted expert in intrauterine and subdermal devices like Mirena, Kyleena, and Implanon. 🌸 Shes also well-versed in sexual health, having completed specialized training with the British Association of Sexual Health. 🙌✨

🚑 Since her move to Australia, Dr. Ciaras dedication to acute medicine shines through her extensive experience in critical care, including Emergency, Anaesthetics, and Intensive Care Medicine. Shes a proud holder of an Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine from the Australian College of Emergency Medicine and gained invaluable experience in the Northern Territory, including Prehospital and Aeromedical Retrieval with CareFlight. ✈️👩‍🍼 Paediatrics holds a special place in Dr. Ciaras heart, and shes had significant exposure to it while working in rural and remote emergency departments. 🏜️💕

🐎 Back in Ireland, Dr. Ciara balanced her medical duties with a role as a Doctor for the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board and served as an undergraduate lecturer and tutor for University College Dublin. 🤠 Beyond her medical expertise, Dr. Ciara is deeply invested in wellbeing and health prevention. 🧘🏻‍♀️♥️

🤝 Known for her personable approach and exceptional rapport building, Dr. Ciara is thrilled to be in Tamworth to establish long-term relationships with her patients. 🥰Outside of medicine, youll find her staying active, enjoying the countryside, and spending quality time with her beloved horses. 🐴 🌄

Were delighted to welcome Dr. Ciara to our team, and we cant wait for you to meet her! Drop by and say hello! 👋

🌟 Meet Dr. Ciara O’Carroll! 🌟

👩‍⚕️ Meet our newest addition to the team, Dr. Ciara O’Carroll, a dedicated GP who brings a wealth of experience to our practice and a genuine passion for patient care. 🇮🇪🍀 After completing her GP training at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 2017, Ciara embarked on a journey that led her to our doorstep in Australia in 2021. 🦘🇦🇺 With a passion for Women’s Health, Dr. Ciara holds advanced certifications in Contraception and Obstetrics from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, making her a trusted expert in intrauterine and subdermal devices like Mirena, Kyleena, and Implanon. 🌸 She's also well-versed in sexual health, having completed specialized training with the British Association of Sexual Health. 🙌✨

🚑 Since her move to Australia, Dr. Ciara's dedication to acute medicine shines through her extensive experience in critical care, including Emergency, Anaesthetics, and Intensive Care Medicine. She's a proud holder of an Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine from the Australian College of Emergency Medicine and gained invaluable experience in the Northern Territory, including Prehospital and Aeromedical Retrieval with CareFlight. ✈️👩‍🍼 Paediatrics holds a special place in Dr. Ciara's heart, and she's had significant exposure to it while working in rural and remote emergency departments. 🏜️💕

🐎 Back in Ireland, Dr. Ciara balanced her medical duties with a role as a Doctor for the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board and served as an undergraduate lecturer and tutor for University College Dublin. 🤠 Beyond her medical expertise, Dr. Ciara is deeply invested in wellbeing and health prevention. 🧘🏻‍♀️♥️

🤝 Known for her personable approach and exceptional rapport building, Dr. Ciara is thrilled to be in Tamworth to establish long-term relationships with her patients. 🥰Outside of medicine, you'll find her staying active, enjoying the countryside, and spending quality time with her beloved horses. 🐴 🌄

We're delighted to welcome Dr. Ciara to our team, and we can't wait for you to meet her! Drop by and say hello! 👋
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Welcome, look forward to seeing you at some horse events 🐎

Welcome. You sound like you bring an immense wealth of experience to the team. We look forward to meeting you if need be.

Welcome x

Wow! Welcome! Impressive experiences and adventures on your resume Dr Ciara 🥰🌼

Rahni Adele

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Dear Tallowwood Health Community,

With mixed emotions, we announce the departure of Dr. Laura Heal from our clinic after four incredible years of service. Dr. Heal has been a valued team member, providing wonderful care to her patients.

After much reflection, Dr. Heal has decided to step away from general practice to devote more time and attention to her family and pursue other interests. We wholeheartedly support her in this choice, recognizing the significance of family and personal well-being.

We express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Heal for her unwavering dedication, expertise, and the positive impact she has had on Tallowwood Health. We wish her every success and happiness in this new chapter of her life.

For our patients, rest assured that we remain committed to providing you with exceptional care. Our team is actively working to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service. Thank you for your ongoing trust and continued support.

Thank you, Dr. Heal, for your exceptional service and the mark youve left on Tallowwood Health. You will be greatly missed.

Take Care,
The Tallowwood Health Team

Dear Tallowwood Health Community,

With mixed emotions, we announce the departure of Dr. Laura Heal from our clinic after four incredible years of service. Dr. Heal has been a valued team member, providing wonderful care to her patients.

After much reflection, Dr. Heal has decided to step away from general practice to devote more time and attention to her family and pursue other interests. We wholeheartedly support her in this choice, recognizing the significance of family and personal well-being.

We express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Heal for her unwavering dedication, expertise, and the positive impact she has had on Tallowwood Health. We wish her every success and happiness in this new chapter of her life.

For our patients, rest assured that we remain committed to providing you with exceptional care. Our team is actively working to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service. Thank you for your ongoing trust and continued support.

Thank you, Dr. Heal, for your exceptional service and the mark you've left on Tallowwood Health. You will be greatly missed.

Take Care,
The Tallowwood Health Team
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My absolute favourite Dr. Thank you for everything you have done for me over the years Laura!! You are truly one of a kind x

Wishing Dr Heal all the very best, she will be sorely missed by the Health community & patients alike x

Best wishes Laura - many will miss you 🥰

That’s a great loss to the community but a big win for her family

🏥 Were Expanding our Team! - Nursing Position Available 🏥

Are you a compassionate and skilled Registered Nurse (RN) or Enrolled Nurse (EN) looking to make a real impact on our communitys health? Tallowwood Health is seeking a dedicated nurse to join our dynamic healthcare team to fill our full-time or part-time role!

Position: Full-time or Part-time Registered Nurse (RN) or Enrolled Nurse (EN)

Role Overview:
As an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse, you are at the heart of our healthcare team. Your role is pivotal in enhancing community health by delivering high-quality primary healthcare, promoting healthy choices, providing patient education and training, and offering emergency care. Your responsibilities will include delivering care, interventions, and treatment at our Practice, as well as in patients homes, and other community locations.

Selection Criteria:

Essential:
✅ Current AHPRA registration as a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse
✅ A positive attitude and team-oriented mindset
✅ An ability to work independently and collaboratively, showing initiative
✅ A commitment to maintaining the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality
✅ Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

Desirable:
🌡️ Qualification, or willingness to obtain certification, as a Nurse Immuniser (RN only)
🩺 Experience in Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management
💻 Proficiency in Best Practice software and proficient computer skills
👂 Completion of Ear Syringing course or willingness to obtain

Key Responsibilities:
🩹 Providing Primary Care Nursing Services, including urgent treatment and clinical triage
📊Assessing clinical needs, including the urgency and severity of presenting problems, to facilitate timely referrals
📋 Following up on patient test results and maintaining patient records and communication
📝 Assisting in collecting and updating patient history, observations, and examinations
🩺 Performing various clinical procedures, investigations and interventions (e.g. injections, wound care, spirometry, ABI and Point of Care testing)
🏥 Assisting in minor surgical procedures within the practice
🩺 Conducting health assessments, chronic and complex disease management
📄 Assisting in the completion of pro forma-based medical assessments

Requirements:
✅ Current Working with Children Check (WCC)
✅ Current Police Check
✅ Current CPR certificate or willingness to undertake the necessary training
✅ Current Australian Drivers License
✅ At least two professional referees
📄 Resume and cover letter addressing the essential and desirable criteria

Application Details:
- Apply via Seek: https://www.seek.com.au/job/72863941?tracking=EMC-SAU-eDM-HRevJobAdLiveRepeat-26148&utm_segment=False&utm_source=SEEK&utm_term=LiveJob_TextLink&utm_content=&utm_id=cd8d651e-8700-4395-8280-ae1c57e97abe&sfmc_id=134352156&sfmc_activityid=b502baf4-ed33-4d5d-9517-00a3a6a1d133&utm_medium=eDM&utm_campaign=HeDMJobAdLiveRepeat
- Contact Alison, our Nurse Team Leader at (02) 6766 6166
- Applications close 5pm, 23rd January 2024
- Email cover letter and application to hello@twhealth.com.au

Dont miss this incredible opportunity to become part of a dedicated team committed to making a real difference in the community’s health. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Apply now and be a part of our mission to provide exceptional healthcare services to our great town! 🫶

🏥 We're Expanding our Team! - Nursing Position Available 🏥

Are you a compassionate and skilled Registered Nurse (RN) or Enrolled Nurse (EN) looking to make a real impact on our community's health? Tallowwood Health is seeking a dedicated nurse to join our dynamic healthcare team to fill our full-time or part-time role!

Position: Full-time or Part-time Registered Nurse (RN) or Enrolled Nurse (EN)

Role Overview:
As an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse, you are at the heart of our healthcare team. Your role is pivotal in enhancing community health by delivering high-quality primary healthcare, promoting healthy choices, providing patient education and training, and offering emergency care. Your responsibilities will include delivering care, interventions, and treatment at our Practice, as well as in patients' homes, and other community locations.

Selection Criteria:

Essential:
✅ Current AHPRA registration as a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse
✅ A positive attitude and team-oriented mindset
✅ An ability to work independently and collaboratively, showing initiative
✅ A commitment to maintaining the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality
✅ Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

Desirable:
🌡️ Qualification, or willingness to obtain certification, as a Nurse Immuniser (RN only)
🩺 Experience in Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management
💻 Proficiency in Best Practice software and proficient computer skills
👂 Completion of Ear Syringing course or willingness to obtain

Key Responsibilities:
🩹 Providing Primary Care Nursing Services, including urgent treatment and clinical triage
📊Assessing clinical needs, including the urgency and severity of presenting problems, to facilitate timely referrals
📋 Following up on patient test results and maintaining patient records and communication
📝 Assisting in collecting and updating patient history, observations, and examinations
🩺 Performing various clinical procedures, investigations and interventions (e.g. injections, wound care, spirometry, ABI and Point of Care testing)
🏥 Assisting in minor surgical procedures within the practice
🩺 Conducting health assessments, chronic and complex disease management
📄 Assisting in the completion of pro forma-based medical assessments

Requirements:
✅ Current Working with Children Check (WCC)
✅ Current Police Check
✅ Current CPR certificate or willingness to undertake the necessary training
✅ Current Australian Driver's License
✅ At least two professional referees
📄 Resume and cover letter addressing the essential and desirable criteria

Application Details:
- Apply via Seek: www.seek.com.au/job/72863941?tracking=EMC-SAU-eDM-HRevJobAdLiveRepeat-26148&utm_segment=False&utm...
- Contact Alison, our Nurse Team Leader at (02) 6766 6166
- Applications close 5pm, 23rd January 2024
- Email cover letter and application to hello@twhealth.com.au

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to become part of a dedicated team committed to making a real difference in the community’s health. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Apply now and be a part of our mission to provide exceptional healthcare services to our great town! 🫶
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🦠 Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is more than just a cough – its highly contagious and can have serious consequences. Spread through respiratory secretions, even individuals with mild symptoms still may unknowingly transmit the infection. 😷🤧🗣️

The term whooping cough comes from the characteristic whoop sound often accompanying a cough, though its not present in every case. Pertussis can be particularly severe, especially for infants who may stop breathing, exhibit bluish skin, experience vomiting, and face feeding difficulties. In rare instances, complications like pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation) can be fatal. In older individuals, complications can include fainting, sleeplessness, and even rib fractures due to intense coughing bouts.

Pertussis can affect people of any age, but infants under six months are particularly vulnerable, especially if they havent completed their primary vaccination course. 👶🏥

💉✅ Vaccination is our shield. The National Immunisation Program (NIP) offers routine vaccination, recommended for parents, guardians, and any adults who havent received a dose in the last 10 years. Pregnant individuals are strongly recommended to get vaccinated between 20–32 weeks during each pregnancy, as antibodies will pass through the placenta to the baby. 🤰💉

If you have friends or family expecting a bundle of joy, take a moment to check in on your immunization status. Its a small gesture that can make a big difference in keeping our loved ones safe and healthy. 💙

To book your whooping cough vaccination, call us on (02) 6766 6166, or, for more information, please visit the National Immunisation Program website: https://www.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/vaccines/whooping-cough-pertussis-immunisation-service 🌐💙Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

🦠 Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is more than just a cough – it's highly contagious and can have serious consequences. Spread through respiratory secretions, even individuals with mild symptoms still may unknowingly transmit the infection. 😷🤧🗣️

The term "whooping cough" comes from the characteristic 'whoop' sound often accompanying a cough, though it's not present in every case. Pertussis can be particularly severe, especially for infants who may stop breathing, exhibit bluish skin, experience vomiting, and face feeding difficulties. In rare instances, complications like pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation) can be fatal. In older individuals, complications can include fainting, sleeplessness, and even rib fractures due to intense coughing bouts.

Pertussis can affect people of any age, but infants under six months are particularly vulnerable, especially if they haven't completed their primary vaccination course. 👶🏥

💉✅ Vaccination is our shield. The National Immunisation Program (NIP) offers routine vaccination, recommended for parents, guardians, and any adults who haven't received a dose in the last 10 years. Pregnant individuals are strongly recommended to get vaccinated between 20–32 weeks during each pregnancy, as antibodies will pass through the placenta to the baby. 🤰💉

If you have friends or family expecting a bundle of joy, take a moment to check in on your immunization status. It's a small gesture that can make a big difference in keeping our loved ones safe and healthy. 💙

To book your whooping cough vaccination, call us on (02) 6766 6166, or, for more information, please visit the National Immunisation Program website: www.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/vaccines/whooping-cough-pertussis-immunisation-service 🌐💙
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2 months ago

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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There are more appointments available by calling the practice on
(02) 6766 6166
during our normal business hours