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.

We regret to inform you that fees will be increasing due to the recent changes in the State Budget by the NSW State Government. Payroll Tax will now apply to contracted doctors, and as a result, fees will need to be raised by 10-20% starting from September 2024. This decision comes after two years of advocating for alternative solutions, and we have no choice but to resort to this measure.

We encourage you to read further information on our website:
https://www.tallowwoodhealth.com.au/payrolltax

If you believe this taxation will hinder your access to healthcare, please share your experience with the Hon. Kevin Anderson.
https://www.kevinanderson.com.au/contact

We regret to inform you that fees will be increasing due to the recent changes in the State Budget by the NSW State Government. Payroll Tax will now apply to contracted doctors, and as a result, fees will need to be raised by 10-20% starting from September 2024. This decision comes after two years of advocating for alternative solutions, and we have no choice but to resort to this measure.

We encourage you to read further information on our website:
www.tallowwoodhealth.com.au/payrolltax

If you believe this taxation will hinder your access to healthcare, please share your experience with the Hon. Kevin Anderson.
www.kevinanderson.com.au/contact
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4 days ago
📢 Important Notice to Our Patients 📢

Dear Tallowwood Health community,

We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to take a moment to inform you about a current challenge we are facing that may impact your experience with us.

As some of you may have noticed, Tallowwood Health is currently experiencing a shortage of doctors due to recent departures from our team. This has resulted in fewer available appointments and longer wait times than usual, which we understand may be frustrating. Currently, our wait-time for appointments is approximately 6-8 weeks.

We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience or difficulties you may have faced in scheduling appointments or receiving timely care. Please know that we are actively working to recruit new doctors to join our team and improve our service capacity as quickly as possible to better meet the needs of our patient community.

In the meantime, we kindly ask for your patience and understanding during this transitional period. Each of our dedicated administrative team member is working tirelessly every day to manage the current situation and to accommodate your needs as best as possible. Please remember to treat our team with respect and courtesy.

If you have an urgent medical issue that cannot wait for an appointment, we encourage you to visit the Urgent Care clinic located at 279B Marius Street, (02) 6768 3260, or present to Tamworth Emergency Department on Dean Street, (02) 6767 7700, for immediate assistance. They are equipped to handle urgent medical needs promptly.

For non-urgent matters, we appreciate your patience as we work diligently to recruit new doctors and enhance our service availability.

Your health and well-being always remain our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring that you continue to receive the best possible care during this time. Thank you for your continued trust and support. We are dedicated to serving you and your families with the highest level of care.

Warmest regards,

Your Tallowwood Health Team 💚

📢 Important Notice to Our Patients 📢

Dear Tallowwood Health community,

We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to take a moment to inform you about a current challenge we are facing that may impact your experience with us.

As some of you may have noticed, Tallowwood Health is currently experiencing a shortage of doctors due to recent departures from our team. This has resulted in fewer available appointments and longer wait times than usual, which we understand may be frustrating. Currently, our wait-time for appointments is approximately 6-8 weeks.

We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience or difficulties you may have faced in scheduling appointments or receiving timely care. Please know that we are actively working to recruit new doctors to join our team and improve our service capacity as quickly as possible to better meet the needs of our patient community.

In the meantime, we kindly ask for your patience and understanding during this transitional period. Each of our dedicated administrative team member is working tirelessly every day to manage the current situation and to accommodate your needs as best as possible. Please remember to treat our team with respect and courtesy.

If you have an urgent medical issue that cannot wait for an appointment, we encourage you to visit the Urgent Care clinic located at 279B Marius Street, (02) 6768 3260, or present to Tamworth Emergency Department on Dean Street, (02) 6767 7700, for immediate assistance. They are equipped to handle urgent medical needs promptly.

For non-urgent matters, we appreciate your patience as we work diligently to recruit new doctors and enhance our service availability.

Your health and well-being always remain our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring that you continue to receive the best possible care during this time. Thank you for your continued trust and support. We are dedicated to serving you and your families with the highest level of care.

Warmest regards,

Your Tallowwood Health Team 💚
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2 weeks ago

2 CommentsComment on Facebook

Your team is doing an outstanding job and we appreciate all they’ve done. I’m sure you’ll have some fresh faces soon 😊👍

I always have wonderful service at the practice with the doctors and admin staff even when they are under pressure ☺️ You can only do what you can do! Hope you can secure some more doctors soon to make things easier on you all 😌

☀️ Celebrating Global Running Day ☀️

This morning, before the sun peeked out, our Dr. Sarah Woodford, Nurse Team Leader Alison, and Dr Daniel Rankmore braved the 3-degree weather to participate in the Global Running Day 5K run! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️❄️

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running, encouraging everyone to get moving, no matter your speed or distance. The key is to get out, have fun, and inspire others! 🌍❤️Image attachmentImage attachment

☀️ Celebrating Global Running Day ☀️

This morning, before the sun peeked out, our Dr. Sarah Woodford, Nurse Team Leader Alison, and Dr Daniel Rankmore braved the 3-degree weather to participate in the Global Running Day 5K run! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️❄️

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running, encouraging everyone to get moving, no matter your speed or distance. The key is to get out, have fun, and inspire others! 🌍❤️
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2 months ago

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Looks like you’re all lining up for a coffee…

🌟 Celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2024: Together, Now More Than Ever 🌟

Last week, we commemorated National Reconciliation Week (NRW), honouring the pivotal milestones in Australias journey towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Originally established as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993, NRW has evolved into a nationwide initiative, supported by communities, schools, and workplaces across Australia. Supported by the Rural Doctors Network (RDN), NRW serves as a platform to foster meaningful conversations about our reconciliation journey, reflecting the theme of 2024: Now More Than Ever.

As the Chair of RDN, Wiradjuri man Professor Peter O’Mara aptly stated, its a week to honour resilience and reflect on fostering healing for our nation. It is a time to educate ourselves, speak out against racism, and engage with Indigenous communities with cultural sensitivity. The theme of NRW 2024 reminds us that the journey towards reconciliation is ongoing and requires collective effort.

Now is the time for reflection, learning, and collective progress towards a more inclusive Australia.

🌟 Celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2024: Together, Now More Than Ever 🌟

Last week, we commemorated National Reconciliation Week (NRW), honouring the pivotal milestones in Australia's journey towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Originally established as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993, NRW has evolved into a nationwide initiative, supported by communities, schools, and workplaces across Australia. Supported by the Rural Doctors Network (RDN), NRW serves as a platform to foster meaningful conversations about our reconciliation journey, reflecting the theme of 2024: "Now More Than Ever."

As the Chair of RDN, Wiradjuri man Professor Peter O’Mara aptly stated, it's a week to honour resilience and reflect on fostering healing for our nation. It is a time to educate ourselves, speak out against racism, and engage with Indigenous communities with cultural sensitivity. The theme of NRW 2024 reminds us that the journey towards reconciliation is ongoing and requires collective effort.

Now is the time for reflection, learning, and collective progress towards a more inclusive Australia.
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2 months ago
🌟 Sharing the Love Over a Cuppa! Tallowwood Health Joins Australias Biggest Morning Tea! 🌟

☕ Every cuppa counts! At Tallowwood Health, were proud to be part of Australias Biggest Morning Tea, a movement thats making life-changing differences for those affected by cancer.

👥 Did you know that almost 1 in 2 Australians is diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85? Thats a statistic were determined to change.

🌼 Today, as we gather around tables filled with delicious treats made with love by our talented team, were reminded of the purpose behind this event – to raise support and awareness for the Cancer Council Australia’s research, prevention, and support services. Its not just about enjoying tea and treats, but about making a real difference in the fight against cancer. Every sip, every bite, and every conversation contributes to a brighter, healthier future where cancer is no longer a threat. 

✨ How can you get involved? You can still make a difference by donating directly to the Cancer Council: https://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/donate Every contribution, no matter how big or small, brings us closer to a future without cancer.Image attachmentImage attachment

🌟 Sharing the Love Over a Cuppa! Tallowwood Health Joins Australia's Biggest Morning Tea! 🌟

☕ Every cuppa counts! At Tallowwood Health, we're proud to be part of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, a movement that's making life-changing differences for those affected by cancer.

👥 Did you know that almost 1 in 2 Australians is diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85? That's a statistic we're determined to change.

🌼 Today, as we gather around tables filled with delicious treats made with love by our talented team, we're reminded of the purpose behind this event – to raise support and awareness for the Cancer Council Australia’s research, prevention, and support services. It's not just about enjoying tea and treats, but about making a real difference in the fight against cancer. Every sip, every bite, and every conversation contributes to a brighter, healthier future where cancer is no longer a threat.

✨ How can you get involved? You can still make a difference by donating directly to the Cancer Council: www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/donate Every contribution, no matter how big or small, brings us closer to a future without cancer.
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2 months ago

3 CommentsComment on Facebook

Wonderful work !!

Looks delicious 😋 well done 👏👏

Still committed to the cause Bek Clarke Hooley - thank you

🌟 Farewell Dr Grace 🌟

After four years of service to her patients at Tallowwood Health, Dr. Grace will be embarking on a new chapter in her career at Ochre Health Smith Street. While we are sad to see her go, we are also excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for her. Dr Graces last day with us will be on Thursday, the 30th of May.

Dr. Grace has been a valued part of our Tallowwood Health family, bringing not only her medical expertise but also her warmth, compassion, and dedication to each patient interaction. Her commitment to providing personalised care has touched the lives of many within our community, and her presence will be greatly missed.

We extend our appreciation to Dr. Grace for her outstanding contributions to Tallowwood Health. Her kindness and genuine concern have been instrumental in shaping the positive experiences of those she has cared for.

For those who would like to continue seeing Dr Grace, we encourage you to reach out to Ochre Health Smith Street on (02) 6766 7755. They will be able to assist you in scheduling appointments and ensuring continuity of care with Dr. Grace.

While Dr. Graces presence will be deeply missed at Tallowwood Health, we are committed to maintaining the same standard of excellence in care that you have come to expect from us. Our team is here to support you. Should you wish to continue your care with us, one of the other doctors here will be able to continue looking after you.

We wish Dr. Grace all the best in her new role at Ochre Health Smith Street and know that she will continue to make a difference wherever she goes. May this next chapter of her journey be filled with continued success and fulfilment.

🌟 Farewell Dr Grace 🌟

After four years of service to her patients at Tallowwood Health, Dr. Grace will be embarking on a new chapter in her career at Ochre Health Smith Street. While we are sad to see her go, we are also excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for her. Dr Grace's last day with us will be on Thursday, the 30th of May.

Dr. Grace has been a valued part of our Tallowwood Health family, bringing not only her medical expertise but also her warmth, compassion, and dedication to each patient interaction. Her commitment to providing personalised care has touched the lives of many within our community, and her presence will be greatly missed.

We extend our appreciation to Dr. Grace for her outstanding contributions to Tallowwood Health. Her kindness and genuine concern have been instrumental in shaping the positive experiences of those she has cared for.

For those who would like to continue seeing Dr Grace, we encourage you to reach out to Ochre Health Smith Street on (02) 6766 7755. They will be able to assist you in scheduling appointments and ensuring continuity of care with Dr. Grace.

While Dr. Grace's presence will be deeply missed at Tallowwood Health, we are committed to maintaining the same standard of excellence in care that you have come to expect from us. Our team is here to support you. Should you wish to continue your care with us, one of the other doctors here will be able to continue looking after you.

We wish Dr. Grace all the best in her new role at Ochre Health Smith Street and know that she will continue to make a difference wherever she goes. May this next chapter of her journey be filled with continued success and fulfilment.
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2 months ago

5 CommentsComment on Facebook

Such a lovely Dr. a great commitment to health and very caring.

Lovely caring doctor, thank you for looking after my parents in law.

So sorry to see her go. Amazing dr ❤️

Such a loss to the practice!

Such a lovely Dr. I wish her all the best & have some serious choices to make now.

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New Patients

At present Tallowwood Health 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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