The Tintenbar Medical Centre is yet another of this tiny town’s hidden secrets. Located at 12 George Street (which is the road that runs off Tintenbar Road between Tintenbar Hall and the General Store), the practice is perched on a rise just beyond the main commercial buildings, in lush tropical surroundings, with plenty of parking and a truly tranquil vibe.
Staffing the practice is a team of five doctors, two nurses and three support staff.
According to co-owner John Cross (who bought the practice one year ago with Dr Martin Ooi), the 20 year-old practice was originally established by Dr Lynne Davies, and has experienced highs and lows over the years. But now it is enjoying a real growth phase.
‘In the last three months we welcomed three new doctors to what is turning out to be a close-knit team, so now we are able to provide a full and reliable service to patients,’ he said.
And, he adds, ‘It is still possible to call and get an appointment on the day.’ This is an important point of difference in an area that is also in a steep growth phase.
Although Tintenbar only has 190 letter boxes, its medical centre already welcomes patients from Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head and beyond, so patient numbers are growing.
At the start of this winter the Centre is offering free flu clinics with a doctor.
‘We are expecting a big flu season this year,’ says John. ‘So until the end of June you can make an appointment to be vaccinated for free by a doctor at the Tintenbar Medical Centre.’
An added plus: patients can book online at tintmed.com.au
Pictured, Left to right front row – Dr Jo Adendorff Stephanie Currie (Practice manager) Penny Wheeler( Registered nurse) Dr Vrisha Ker
Left to right back row – Karen Moorley (Senior administration) Dr James Williams Dr Elizabeth Hicks Dr Clinton Leahy
Absent – Lisa Crozier ( Registered nurse & Practice Health coordinator)