Ochre Health acquires Scottsdale Doctors Surgery and Bridport Doctors Surgery

Ochre Health will provide Scottsdale and Bridport residents with enhanced medical services following its acquisition of Scottsdale Doctors Surgery this month.

From 23 April 2018, Scottsdale Doctors Surgery will operate as Ochre Medical Centre Scottsdale, with the continuation of its weekly outreach service to Bridport. The new practice will continue to be staffed by the surgery’s current doctors, including Dr Natalie Burch, Dr Gretchen Stone, Dr Eugene Obanor and registrar, Dr Steven George, with Ochre looking to increase GP numbers and the range of services over time.

Scottsdale Doctors Surgery’s longest serving GP, Dr Natalie Burch, says that ensuring continuity of care for all patients throughout the transition remains the surgery’s top priority.
“We chose to work with Ochre because of their strong rural focus. Ochre already have a strong presence in rural Tasmania and, most importantly, they have never lost sight of their rural origins. With Ochre’s help, we will continue to provide a high level of quality care and attention to our patients, with the long-term goal of building quality rural health services in Scottsdale firmly at the centre of our agenda,” says Dr Burch.

“The most important thing that people need to know is that the changes will be minor. It will be business as usual, but better.”

The importance of a stable medical centre that emphasises continuity of care for the Scottsdale community is paramount, according to Dr Burch, adding that Scottsdale Hospital is staffed by the GP’s at Scottsdale Doctors Surgery. Dr Burch noted that, the decision to join with Ochre would not only provide the surgery’s current doctors with a more consolidated support base, but it would ensure the long-term viability of Scottsdale Hospital.

Ochre Health Chairman and co-founder – and Tasmanian resident – Ross Lamplugh says:

“Ochre Health was formed with the goal of improving the way primary health care is delivered in both rural and urban Australia. The acquisition of Scottsdale Doctors Surgery is another step toward us achieving this objective, while helping us to strengthen our presence in rural north-eastern Tasmania in what is a key region for Ochre.

Dorset Council Lord Mayor, Greg Howard, is equally excited about the transition, as he says that the move will bring enormous healthcare benefits to the small, rural community:

“Scottsdale’s existing surgery has served as a pillar for our community for many years, providing comprehensive medical care to both individuals and their families. We are delighted that Ochre Health Medical Centres will continue to offer the same support to our community. They will build on a number of our existing services, including general practice, vaccinations, mental health and chronic disease management, to ensure our residents receive top-tier medical care.”

Established in 2002, Ochre Health currently manages over 30 medical centres in Australia with over 150 doctors, providing care to 750,000 patients each year and striving to deliver the best health outcomes for their patients and communities.

Ochre Health’s Medical Centre Scottsdale will be located at 2 Fosters Road, Scottsdale, TAS. The practice will be open Monday-Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm and Saturday 9am-11.00am. For more information, or to make an enquiry about the acquisition, visit www.ochrehealth.com.au.

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