BCH welcomes new Howitt St, Wendouree GP team

In the coming weeks two of our Lucas GPs, Dr. Hanif and Dr. Freeman will be relocating to our 1042 Howitt Street, Wendouree practice. Patients will be informed in advance of their commencement dates.

We also recently welcomed Dr. Richa Sabharwal to the team allowing for more diversity of expertise and patient access to appointments.

Our purpose is to provide accessible, affordable and quality health and wellbeing services.

We recognise this may be an inconvenience for some of our clients, however the continuity of care remains the same.

For further information, refer to our FAQ section below:

Patient Information

Why is my GP moving?

After experiencing significant growth across its many community health care services, Ballarat Community Health is realigning the organisation to ensure we can continue to provide quality, affordable health care for everyone, particularly those that need our help most.

What benefits will there be?

The movement of our GPs to Howitt Street will provide several key benefits including having a pool of highly experienced GPs with specialist interests in the one practice, greater appointment opportunities to see a GP and a more central location for many of our existing patients.

Allied Health and Nursing services will still be available from the Howitt Street practice.

Is there anything I need to do as a patient?

As a patient there is nothing you need to do. Your records and appointments will remain as is and your relationship with your GP will not change.

When will my GP move?

Dr. Hanif and Dr. Freeman’s 1042 Howitt St, Wendouree practice commencement dates will be posted on this website in advance of their move. You will also receive further notification through your Hotdoc confirmation prior to your next appointment as well as through an SMS reminder confirming this.

Will there be a difference to the service I get?

The only change to the service you will experience is the new location.

Will there be any change in my GP fees?

There will be no change to your current fee schedule with concession card holders and patients under 16 continuing to be bulk billed through Medicare.

Ballarat Community Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care throughout its healthcare services.

Will any GP services remain at Lucas?

Dr Fatin Hanna will continue to practice at our Lucas site for existing clients.
Sexual and reproductive health services, and other specialist services (eg. Paediatrics and transgender health) will also remain at Lucas.

Is the practice on a bus route?

Yes Route 11 – Ballarat Station – Wendouree Station via Howitt St, get off at Symons St/Howitt St stop.

Is there parking available?

Free parking is available at the Howitt Street practice at both the rear and front of the building as well as free on street parking.

Who can I speak to with any further questions?

For any further questions about your GP’s relocation please call 5338 4500, or email [email protected]

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