Community Heart Emergency Defibrillators are located at Fay’s Takeaway & the Woodenbong Hotel.
Community Care, Aged Care & Emergency Care situated out of the Urbenville Hospital about 20 minutes drive from Woodenbong. Local doctor clinics in Urbenville covering Urbenville and Woodenbong district.
‘High Country Medical Practice’
Dr. Carolyn May
Dr. Phillip Chalmers
Mon 8.45am-1pm & 2-5pm
Tues 8.45am-1pm & 2-5pm
Thur 8.45am-1pm & 2-5pm
Fri 8.45am-1pm & 2-5pm
1-3 Crown Street
(corner Beaury St)
Urbenville: Phone 02 66341275
Patient Parking off Crown St.
Right Foot Podiatry and Footware.
Phone: 1300 880942 for appointments
Visit: Phone for details and appointment.
Visit: Phone for details and appointment.
Varying times after referral from Doctor.
Organise appointment with surgery.
Home Assistance and regional transport services.
Urbenville Multi-Purpose Services
Hospital: Phone 02 66341600
Aboriginal Medical Service
WELCOME TO NEW WOODENBONG-URBENVILLE DOCTOR’S. 2008.
We extend a warm welcome to husband and wife team, Doctor Carolyn May and Doctor Phillip Chalmers, who have taken over the Urbenville and Woodenbong Medical Practice.
Dr. May is of Scottish descent (her lovely lilting accent attests to that). Her interests are Woman’s Health, Aged Care and Children’s Health, having previously worked as a G.P. at Collaroy Plateau in Sydney.
Dr. Chalmers is Australian, the eldest of eight children, growing up in Dee Why while living in a two-bedroom home. His father died two weeks before Phillip entered University. Over his career Phillip has spent time as a volunteer in refugee villages in Vietnam, East Timor and Bangladesh working among the poor and the refugees.
He met Carolyn in London. He trained in Psychiatry, working as a G.P. for twenty-five years. His interest is Psychology and is a Fellow of the F.R.A.C.P. He paid tribute to the Rural Doctors Network, an organization which is involved in keeping Doctors in rural areas, where there is a desperate need of their services.
High Country Medical Practice at Urbenville opened its doors on Monday 2nd April 2012. The practitioners Dr Carolyn May and Dr Phillip Chalmers and staff, Mrs. Ros Thompson and Mrs. Jan Smith are delighted to move into their new premises and begin greeting their first patients.
The need for a new medical centre in Urbenville was realised several years ago to serve the local communities in a modern and safe environment and to accommodate visiting practitioners and therapists. Mrs Colleen Scofield, President of the Urbenville Progress Association stated that after many hours spent in negotiation with Tenterfield Shire Council and proud local community members who gave their support was overjoyed that all this had come to fruition. Colleen would like to thank all those concerned at Tenterfield Shire Council, including Don Ramsland who was the then General Manager and involved in the initial stages of the project.
Dr Carolyn May wished to thank the Tenterfield Shire council for this wonderful facility and for arranging and providing funds to make this all possible.
Surgery Hours at Urbenville are Monday to Friday Phone: 02 66341275 and the premises are located in Crown Street crn Beaury Street Urbenville and patients parking is off Crown Street.
Article and Photo: Joyce Marsh. Woodenbong Correspondent.
Photo: L-R Dr Phillip Chalmers, Mrs. Ros Thompson, Mrs. Jan Smith and Dr Carolyn May at High Country Medical Practice Urbenville.
The new Urbenville Medical Centre was officially opened on Wednesday, 1st August 2012 with officials and residents celebrating the new facility which should hopefully secure medical services to the town and surrounds.
Tenterfield Shire Council initially received a federal grant to upgrade the old facility, a converted house, but this was eventually deemed unfeasible according to council’s business and social development officer, Harry Bolton.
“When we started to look at the renovations needed to meet the Australian medical standard, it was going to cost a lot of money,” he said. “The estimated investment required in renovations to upgrade was deemed uneconomical and the decision was made to move to a green field site and build and to sell the old premises to redeem some of the additional investment required.”
The husband and wife team of Doctors Philip Chalmers and Carolyn May had moved from Sydney and taken over the practice with the expectations that the working conditions would improve.
When the decision was made to start from scratch, it took time to find a suitable site and undertake necessary earthworks, Mr. Bolton said. Severe weather conditions interrupted construction when it began last year. The keys to the centre were handed over to the Doctors at the end of last year with the medical practice now happily ensconced in the new building.
Mr. Bolton said. “It was a great outcome for Urbenville and the hospital there. We risked losing the doctors and as it now, the doctors are taking on trainee medical students and mentoring other students. It’s a project that had to happen to retain doctors.”
Deputy Mayor, Peter Petty made the welcoming speech and thanked the many Shire staff and community members involved in the project, saying it was a true partnership project with council contributing half the funds required.
Cr Petty introduced Federal member for Page, Janelle Saffin, who officiated for Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek. “The upgraded Urbenville Medical Centre would be vital to continue providing health services to the Urbenville community and surrounds. The new centre has modern consulting rooms for 2 doctors and a practice nurse “, she said “It will now provide an expanded variety of health services . This modern medical centre will serve Urbenville and the local community well into the future, and provide a great incentive towards recruiting doctors and allied health professionals”
Colleen Scofield, president of the Urbenville Progress Association, said that the centre was a major asset, saving Urbenville from finding itself in the same position as Bonalbo with no doctors. She also said that credit was due to the Tenterfield Shire Council for its ongoing support and for securing the grant. Urbenville was also blessed by having the doctors.
Official guests at the Medical Centre opening were: Hon Janelle Saffin ( Federal Member for Page), Deputy Mayor Peter Petty ( Tenterfield Shire Council), Ms Lotta Jackson (General Manager Tenterfield Shire Council), Doctors May, Chalmers and Lee, Ms Nancy Martin (Executive Officer, Director of Nursing, Urbenville Hospital), Mr Wes Smith (Builder of the Medical Centre), Mrs Colleen Scofield ( President Urbenville Progress Association), Mr Harry Bolton (Business and Social Development Officer Tenterfield Shire)
The Doctors support and mentor young Doctors and Students.
Photo: GP placement mentor participants Peter Ryan and Robert Hoffman with Dr Carolyn May at Urbenville Medical Practice and one of the receptionists Lyn Flint.