Leading medical organisation announces acquisition of St Helens General Practice


Ochre Health Medical Centres will provide St Helens residents with enhanced medical services following its acquisition of St Helens General Practice from IPN Medical Centres.

Ochre Medical Centre’s existing St Helens practice will relocate from 5 Portland Court to St Helen’s General Practice at 11 Pendrigh Place. It will operate the new practice as Ochre Medical Centre St Helens and retain its mixed billing policy as of Monday 27 November 2017.

The new practice will be staffed by Ochre Health St Helen’s doctors, Dr Molly Shorthouse, Dr Janet Cantley, and Dr Colin Smith, with St Helen’s General Practice staff also being consolidated into the team. To ensure continuity of care for patients, all doctors will have access to existing medical records, and allied health professionals will continue to be available as per their current appointments. Appointments will continue to be available throughout the transition.

Ochre Health Chairman and co-founder Ross Lamplugh who lives in Tasmania, says, “I am proud that we are helping to improve the health services in this beautiful state, which has adopted me.  My family lives in Ulverstone, our recruitment head office is in Hobart and two of my daughters have cycled in the Christmas Carnival in St Helens. It feels good to be able to do some great stuff in your own backyard.

“Ochre Health was formed with the goal of improving the way primary health care is delivered in both rural and urban Australia, and the St Helens acquisition is another step in helping us achieve this objective and strengthen our presence in a key region for Ochre.”


Ochre Health CEO Dermot Roche says that combining both practices will bring enormous healthcare benefit to the local community. “Ochre Health’s existing centre in St Helens has thrived for many years, and we are delighted to join with St Helens General Practice to bring residents top-tier medical care. Ochre Health’s acquisition of St Helens General Practice reinforces our commitment to improving the health of the St Helens community, and will provide residents and visitors on the North-East Cost of Tasmania access to a greater range of quality medical services.”

Established in 2002, Ochre Health manages 31 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 St Helens Practice Manager Nicole Richards says, “Our highly qualified team of doctors and allied health professionals is looking forward to continuing to serve the St Helens community from a new location and with a stronger medical and administration team. The new St Helens practice will have a mix of new and familiar faces, all of whom are dedicated to providing residents with excellent health care.”

The new Ochre Health St Helens Practice is located at 11 Pendrigh Place, St Helens. The practice is open Monday – Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm Saturday 9am-12.30pm. To make a consultation, please contact the Medical Centre on (03) 6376 1777, or visit www.ochrehealth.com.au to book online.


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