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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
  • 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 risk of COVID-19 to 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

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

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We see a lot of patients with osteoporosis (abnormal weakness in the bones.) In fact the more we look the more we see. Here's a reminder from the BJSM on using exercise for strength, falls prevention, and posture. Add to this good levels of Vitamin D and Calcium and your bones will thank you.🚨HOT OFF THE PRESS

⚠️ Physical activity and exercise for osteoporosis 🏃‍♀️🚴‍♂️

New UK #ConsensusStatement ‼️

"Strong, Steady and Straight" 🔥

Find out more ➡️ bit.ly/3Mt1PBB

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We see a lot of patients with osteoporosis (abnormal weakness in the bones.) In fact the more we look the more we see. Heres a reminder from the BJSM on using exercise for strength, falls prevention, and posture. Add to this good levels of Vitamin D and Calcium and your bones will thank you.

The history of the Barton Lane Practice 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, renaming the surgery, Barton Lane Practice.

Visit www.bartonlanepractice.com.au/the-big-six-medical-practice/ for the full story.
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Dr Bedville was my Dr from the time I was about four until he stopped practising. He delivered my four children he was a great Dr and a wonderful person. Greatly missed.

I made a sports report team I the 80s and had to get a med certificate. I made an appointment to see Dr Richardson. He looked at me said you are fit, anything wrong, signed it and said what a joke. See you next time. Loved his manner. Great man.

We started with Dr Wade King at the Practice in White St who was fantastic & Dr Holford did an emergency delivery of our first child. We have been with Dr Rutherford ever since he joined the Practice when Dr Wade King left. So many of us & our families have such long histories with this practice which is a testament to the kind caring treatment we always received in the past.

Now those were the days of the family practice, cradle to grave care, the iconic surgery long gone along with the Tamworth Club.

My Mother worked there with Drs Douglas, Morris and Piper in the 1930's. She told me many stories about her time working with them.

Dr Richardson delivered our two girls both were premmies no complications great doctor

Dr Richardson was may.famly Doctors he was a lovely man

What an awesome read on the history of the practice and how it’s evolved!

Great Photos of all the Doctors

Doctor Breville was my dr he was the most gentle man

I remember Dr Fitzpatrick was on the other corner

My first visit to Dr Stephen Howle, was at the Corner White & Peel St... Still going to Barton Lane Practice! Really miss Dr Howle.

Some good photos there. I started seeing Dr Howel in the white street practice

Stephen Richardson delivered both of ours, lovely and amazing Doctor, my eldest just turned 50 and I still attend this practice. 🥰👍

Our family Doctor was Dr Hammond. In fact he delivered me. I still remember the smell of methylated spirits as I was walked sown the hallway to the back where the nurse in the starched uniform would use my bum as a dartboard. Geez those needles hurt.

It was great to read through the item on the Drs practice's in Tamworth, very interesting and informative.

I started with the practice in 1970, things have changed since then.

Dr.Bedville delivered my first in the 69’s & I also worked for the big 7 in Marius st in the 80’s

Dr Hammond was my Doc. delivered our 2 boys.I Have been with the practice from White St. Marius St and Barton Lane.

My parents went to Dr Hammond prior to that we went to Dr Dance in Marius st many years ago.

Dr Richardson was the best. Pity there wasn’t a photo of Sister Blair.

I liked doctor Hammond and doctor Dance

Such a beautiful Doctor was dr Hammond delivered 3 of my boys in the 70s

Dr Richardson delivered may.3 Children

Any record anywhere of a Dr Henry James Anelzark, the Grandfather of a friend, she is trying to trace for the family tree, and he often spoke of his time in Tamworth (as A Doctor) but she was too young in those days to take notes. I suspect that he would be in his early hundreds if still with us.

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This ANZAC Day, Barton Lane Practice is closed in honour of all who have served Australia through the Armed Services.

Did you know the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross was a doctor? Dr. Neville Howse was both the first Australian to be awarded the Victorian Cross and the only person from Australian Medical Corp to receive the honour.

Photo from a display at the Australian War Memorial. More information: www.awm.gov.au/collection/C177229 and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Howse.
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This ANZAC Day, Barton Lane Practice is closed in honour of all who have served Australia through the Armed Services. 

Did you know the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross was a doctor? Dr. Neville Howse was both the first Australian to be awarded the Victorian Cross and the only person from Australian Medical Corp to receive the honour. 

Photo from a display at the Australian War Memorial. More information: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C177229 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Howse.

Barton Lane Practice has become Tamworth's first Parkrun Practice! Physical activity is such a powerful way to improve our physical and mental health.

parkrun operates all over world promoting totally free local 5km runs / walks. Tamworth parkrun meets 8am every Saturday between the Paradise Tourist Park and Hungry Jacks in Peel Street for a 2.5km up and down along the Peel River path.

www.racgp.org.au/parkrunpractic
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Barton Lane Practice has become Tamworths first Parkrun Practice! Physical activity is such a powerful way to improve our physical and mental health. 

parkrun operates all over world promoting totally free local 5km runs / walks. Tamworth parkrun meets 8am every Saturday between the Paradise Tourist Park and Hungry Jacks in Peel Street for a 2.5km up and down along the Peel River path.

https://www.racgp.org.au/parkrunpractic
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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.

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

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