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Barton Lane Practice seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, and we have been doing so since 1892.

In response to COVID-19 we have made a range of changes to help care for you and our community at this time. Many appointments are now available by phone or video consultation. This helps keep you safe at home and helps us make sure that it is as safe as possible for people who need to see us face to face. You can also book phone and video appointments online. You can find out more about some of our changes below.

We’ve spread some things out to give you more space

We have …

  • removed some chairs and spaced them further apart
  • spread out our appointments times
  • moved some appointments to Saturdays
  • set up options for phone and video appointments

… so that when you visit us we can keep you as safe as possible

Updates on Telehealth

Phone and Video appointments are a great tool to help you get the care you need without coming into the practice. This helps us make sure the waiting room is as safe as possible for those who need something cared for face to face.

When you book a video appointment you will be sent an email close to your appointment with instructions on how to connect. 

Do you have cold or flu symptoms?

Given the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we will be seeing everyone who has cold or flu symptoms with a video or phone appointment. Most of the time we will be able to care for you and organise any medications, tests or certificates you need without you needing to come into the practice.

So, if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or other flu like symptoms, book a phone or video appointment with one of our doctors today.

 

To keep up to date, you can sign up for emails

If you have cold or flu symptoms please phone the practice on 02 6766 6166 before your appointment to help us care for you and our other patients well

With the current local and global concerns for coronavirus we want to assure you we are seeking to maintain our care for you, our practice and our community. To do this we are making changes to what we will ask you when your appointment is booked. There are also increased infection control measures when you arrive at the practice, so please make sure you read the signs at the entry when you come to us. For some situations, we are also using phone calls to help us provide the right health care for you.

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please call the practice on 02 6766 6166 to get further advice. Our team will work with you to make sure you get the care you need, either by phone or in person.

If you have questions about coronavirus specific to your health situation, we welcome you to book an appointment with one of our doctors.

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

Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 11:30am
For urgent medical concerns outside normal hours, please contact the on-call doctor on the after hours phone number. Charges may apply.

Ph: 02 67666166
Fax: 02 67666341
After hours on-call doctor: 0407 255 321
For all emergencies please call an ambulance on: 000

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

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It’s going to be a warm one... 🥵HNE Health is urging people to take necessary precautions with heatwave conditions forecast for parts of the region this weekend.

People are urged to take extra precautions as temperatures are expected to climb into the high 30s or mid-40s across much of NSW in the next few days.

Simple precautions can reduce the risk of heat-related illness:

• avoid the heat of the day by staying indoors and keeping cool by using air-conditioning, fans and drawing blinds and curtains closed
• keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
• check on the welfare of vulnerable neighbours, friends and family
• plan ahead for hot days.

For more information, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/Pages/default.aspx

#BeatTheHeat
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"The latest research, a 2019 JAMA Internal Medicine study found that every extra 10 primary care physicians – the US equivalent of GPs – per 100,000 population is associated with a 51.5 day increase in life expectancy, and an up to 1.4% decline in deaths from common causes like cancer and heart disease.

The epidemiological study also found that the same increase in specialist doctors led to only a 19.2 day increase in life expectancy.

It follows the much-cited 2007 Macinko, Starfield and Shi meta-analysis of 17 studies that examined links between primary care physician numbers and health outcomes, which found that each additional primary care doctor per 10,000 population was associated with an average mortality decline of 5.3%."

www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/primary-care-really-does-make-you-live-longer-stud
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The latest research, a 2019 JAMA Internal Medicine study found that every extra 10 primary care physicians – the US equivalent of GPs – per 100,000 population is associated with a 51.5 day increase in life expectancy, and an up to 1.4% decline in deaths from common causes like cancer and heart disease.
 
The epidemiological study also found that the same increase in specialist doctors led to only a 19.2 day increase in life expectancy.
 
It follows the much-cited 2007 Macinko, Starfield and Shi meta-analysis of 17 studies that examined links between primary care physician numbers and health outcomes, which found that each additional primary care doctor per 10,000 population was associated with an average mortality decline of 5.3%.

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/primary-care-really-does-make-you-live-longer-stud

Happy Thursdays - Keeping Kids Safe!
Young children curiously want to explore the world but unaware of the potential dangers. The NSW Poisons Information Centre offers the following tips:

👨‍👩‍👦 Closely supervise children around the home
🍫 Don't call medicines 'lollies'. When giving medicine to children, always follow the instructions on the label
👶🏻 Buy products in child resistant containers but remember that the lids are not completely child-proof - a curious and determined child may eventually open these containers. Always make sure that the child-resistant lid is on properly after each use
☠️ Store all poisons including medicines, cleaning products and chemicals in their original containers that are clearly labelled. Return medicines and poisons to their safe storage area immediately after use. Do not leave them out on a bench or counter
🍼 Do NOT decant liquid chemicals into drink bottles
Place containers in a child-resistant locked cupboard that is at least 1.5 metres above the ground
👜 Keep handbags out of a child's reach if storing medicine or other poisons in your handbag
🏕 Be extra vigilant when normal family routine is changed, e.g going on holidays, moving house, having visitors who are on medications
🔋 Beware the button battery which can be lethal if swallowed

www.poisonsinfo.nsw.gov.au/
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Happy Thursdays - Keeping Kids Safe!
Young children curiously want to explore the world but unaware of the potential dangers. The NSW Poisons Information Centre offers the following tips:

👨‍👩‍👦 Closely supervise children around the home
🍫 Dont call medicines lollies. When giving medicine to children, always follow the instructions on the label
👶🏻 Buy products in child resistant containers but remember that the lids are not completely child-proof - a curious and determined child may eventually open these containers. Always make sure that the child-resistant lid is on properly after each use 
☠️ Store all poisons including medicines, cleaning products and chemicals in their original containers that are clearly labelled. Return  medicines and poisons to their safe storage area immediately after use. Do not leave them out on a bench or counter
🍼 Do NOT decant liquid chemicals into drink bottles
Place containers in a child-resistant locked cupboard that is at least 1.5 metres above the ground
👜 Keep handbags out of a childs reach if storing medicine or other poisons in your handbag
🏕 Be extra vigilant when normal family routine is changed, e.g going on holidays, moving house, having visitors who are on medications
🔋 Beware the button battery which can be lethal if swallowed

https://www.poisonsinfo.nsw.gov.au/

Fried. Poached. Scrambled. Omelets. Frittatas. Soft boiled. Hard boiled. Baked. Eggs so many ways it's hard to keep up.

The national centre for immunisation research and surveillance has some handy info for those with egg allergies.

www.ncirs.org.au/sites/default/files/2018-12/vaccines-asthma-allergies-fact-sheet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR...
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Fried. Poached. Scrambled. Omelets. Frittatas. Soft boiled. Hard boiled. Baked. Eggs so many ways its hard to keep up. 

The national centre for immunisation research and surveillance has some handy info for those with egg allergies. 

https://www.ncirs.org.au/sites/default/files/2018-12/vaccines-asthma-allergies-fact-sheet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0PRqC3bompZuN4jqri_-CS4Ox5RF9BASwloTIkxsCcIBO-ZqYgBvF22ug

All the little things add up. Over the last 50 years significant efforts have been made to improve the death toll on our roads. Safer cars, improved road design, and most importantly better educated drivers have added up to improved health and wellbeing for our community. Let’s not take it for granted. Drive safe. 🚗It's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, and we're taking a look at how road safety interventions have significantly reduced the road toll over the last four decades. ... See MoreSee Less

All the little things add up. Over the last 50 years significant efforts have been made to improve the death toll on our roads. Safer cars, improved road design, and most importantly better educated drivers have added up to improved health and wellbeing for our community. Let’s not take it for granted. Drive safe. 🚗
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New Patients

First of all – Welcome!
At Barton Lane Practice we strive to ensure all patients receive high quality, comprehensive health care.
To become a patient, contact the practice (02 6766 6166) to book your first appointment.
Before your first appointment we would like you to complete a Patient Registration form. You can download one here, or collect one from the practice. Please bring your completed form along to your first visit.
If possible, please also bring:

  • An up-to-date health summary from your previous GP
  • Copies of any GP Management Plans
  • Any relevant letters or notes from specialists
  • Any medications you take

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.

Doctors

Dr Daniel Rankmore

Dr David Lockart

Dr Doug Rutherford

Dr Barb Moritz

Dr John Pearson

Dr Matt Chan

Dr Paige Darlington

Dr Darla Grace

Dr Laura Heal

Dr Nicola Close

Dr Ben Gaunt

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