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Please Note:

Our doctors offer a Saturday service out of the Lindsay Street Surgery between the hours of 9:00am and 11:45am. This is open for on-the-day bookings only. It is run by appointment only and our Doctors operate on a rotating schedule.

Denison Street Surgery is closed every Saturday.

While these are the Doctors regular working schedules, it is subject to change.


  Dr Ben Seckold
Dr Ben Seckold

After graduating from the University of NSW in 2007, I completed General Practice fellowship training in Newcastle. I joined Hamilton Doctors in 2011, working five days/week.

I have multiple areas of interest, including child health, completing a Diploma of Child Health through Westmead Hospital / Sydney University. I also have an interest in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, offering a range of joint injections.

For my elderly patients, I provide home visits when required in the local area and am also a VMO of Maroba Nursing Home and Hostel. I also have an interest in industrial medicine, being company doctor for multiple corporations, both small and large, handling pre-employment medicals and workers compensation issues. I provide expedited appointments for all clients. After hours, I participate in the GP Access After Hours roster at John Hunter Hospital.

In my limited free time I coach my Daughters soccer team and go bike riding with my kids.

Monday Lindsay Street: 8:15am - 4:45pm
Tuesday Lindsay Street: 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Wednesday Lindsay Street: 8:15am - 4:45pm
Thursday Lindsay Street: 8:15am - 12:30pm
Friday Lindsay Street: 8:15am - 4:45pm


  Dr Fiona Van Leeuwen
Fiona Van Leeuwen

I came to Newcastle to study Medicine from Melbourne where I had been living and working as a registered nurse at the royal Melbourne Hospital. I grew up in a small country town in West Gippsland about 100km east of Melbourne where I'd spent my youth being madly involved in all kinds of sports and camping adventures with my family.

After graduating from Newcastle medical school I went on to complete GP training and worked in Dora Creek and Forster finally moving to Hamilton Doctors for a 6 month stint before going back to the local hospital system to work at the James Fletcher Hospital in psychiatry and then at Maitland Hospital where I completed my Diploma of Obstetrics.  I took over the practice from the previous owner when he retired a few years ago.

I enjoy all aspects of working at the coalface in general practice / family medicine and have worked at Hamilton doctors for about 12 years with our dedicated team . I am ever inspired by the extraordinary capacity of ordinary people in our ordinary lives. I want to continue to provide the best of old fashioned general practice care using modern medicine approaches for our families and patients to stay well.

I advocate for our community as patients and our GP teams as health providers of this essential service in our increasingly complex health mileau.

I have a keen interest in innovation. I support a team and whole of system approach to ‘primary health care’, ie general practice, and have contributed to our health planning and implementation by holding various positions as a member of the division of general practice board and then on the founding team for our Medicare Locals ‘health pathways'; the first Australian site to apply this web based information management and referral resource for GP teams. More recently I represent the Hunter Medicare Local in the “Alliance “ between the regions larger key stake holders in health the Local Health District and the 'Little Company of Mary' (the Mater hospital) by being on their leadership team and working on the 'copd' workstream.

I take great delight in the simple things of family life, adore boating, camping and relax by getting away from it all by losing myself in nature, good food, a good book and good company.

Monday  Lindsay Street: 8:00am - 4:45pm
Wednessday  Lindsay Street: 8:00am - 4:45pm
Friday  Lindsay Street: 8:00am - 4:45pm


  Dr Catherine Riedel
Catherine Reidel

With a BSc, MBBS & FRACGP, I have been working in General Practice since 1996. I joined Hamilton Doctors in 1998.

I was born in Broken Hill and moved to California with my family as a small child. I completed a Science degree at the Uni California majoring in Biology. I then moved to Melbourne where I worked in a Cancer Research lab before attending Flinders University to complete a medical degree. I moved to Newcastle to complete my internship. In 1995, I spent 6 months in northern England, where I studied Paediatrics.

I enjoy the team approach to health care for patients at Hamilton Doctors. My special interests include Paediatrics, women’s medicine and all general health issues. I am also part of the GP Access After Hours roster.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Tuesday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:45pm
Wednesday Lindsay Street: 8:30am - 12 noon
Friday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 11:45am


  Dr Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan

I grew up in Orange and completed my medical degree at Sydney University  in 1993.

After graduation, I completed my internship and resident year at Gosford Hospital where as well as gaining medical knowledge and skills, I honed my talent as a body boarder.

On moving to Sydney, I completed a Diploma in Obstetrics and did six months of Palliative Care at St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst.

My GP training commenced in the far north NSW town of Nimbin where, as well as consulting, I was on call for the local hospital. From Nimbin, I worked in Mullumbimby and then relocated to Orange for a year. I moved to Newcastle in 1999 to work as a GP in Elermore Vale.

In 2003 my family and I moved to Holland for 12 months for my husband’s work but returned in 2004 when I commenced practice at Hamilton.

I enjoy all aspects of general practice - from paediatrics through adolescents to the elderly. Mental health care makes up a large part of my work day to day.

I love music and spending time with my family and other animals.

Monday Lindsay Street: 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Thursday Lindsay Street: 8:00am - 4:00pm


  Dr Marie-Anne Hockings
Marie Anne Hockings

After Sydney Uni, hospital work, then Obstetrics in London, I completed GP training back here and then FACPsychMed. I speak French and a little Italian. I joined Hamilton Doctors in 2000.

My particular interests are: travel medicine; pregnancy; adolescence; excision of skin lesions; musculoskeletal medicine and anything to do with children.

I’m on the HNELHD Diabetes Clinical Network Stream leadership group and am involved in writing Heath Pathways (online clinical information for GPs). As a Conjoint Lecturer at the Uni, I teach in hospital and at the practice. I used to supervise GP registrars at Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Service, and am looking forward to having registrars here. I’m a VMO at John Hunter and work in High-Risk Endocrine Antenatal clinics. (Until the birth of my own children, I delivered babies and now have the joy of watching them grow up.) After hours, I participate in GP Access and work on management plans.

Beyond work and school canteen, I love singing, music, yoga, bike-riding, gardening, going bush and hanging out with my gorgeous family.

Monday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:15pm
Tuesday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:45pm
Thursday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:45 pm
Friday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:45pm


  Dr Andrew Pratt
Andrew Pratt

I completed schooling in Casino, a small country town. After some time in Sydney, I came to the Newcastle University medical school. I have chosen to live in Newcastle ever since.

I have taken up playing football (round ball style) in the last 15 years and have been heard to say ’it is the meaning of life'.

I work in General Practice because people and families offer the privilege of wanting to work on healing together. I enjoy the wide variety of people that come to Hamilton Doctors.

I have also done further training in identification and treatment of skin cancer and run a weekly skin clinic. I am interested in treating children.

Monday Lindsay Street: 11:30am - 4:45pm
Tuesday Lindsay Street: 8:30am - 4:45pm
Thursday Lindsay Street: 8:30am - 4:45pm
Friday Lindsay Street: 8:30 - 4:45pm
Skin/Excision Clinic Lindsay Street: Alternating Tuesday afternoons


  Dr Kirsten Pratt
Kirsten Pratt

I grew up in the Blue Mountains and the far North Coast. I came to Newcastle in 1989 to study Medicine and trained in hospitals in Newcastle and Maitland. I then took time out to study ministry and complete a Cert IV in Christian counselling.

My special interests are women’s health, aboriginal health, geriatrics and mental health.

I enjoy reading books and watching a good movie and spending time with my husband (the other Dr Pratt) and our son.

I love living in a community that supports one another and spends time together.

Wednesday Lindsay Street: 9:00pm - 4:15pm
Thursday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:15pm


  Dr Jane Geary
Jane Geary

After graduating from UNSW in 1994 I worked my first two years at Tamworth base hospital before commencing my GP training in Newcastle.

Life adventures and travel then took me on a journey around the world ending in a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand in 1999-2000 to complete my GP training before relocating to Sweden. The next decade was spent living and working as a GP in Sweden and raising my young family there.

Finally returning to Australia I set up practice at Broadmeadow in 2011 before relocating to Hamilton Doctors 2014.

As a GP I find it such a privilege to gain insight into the lives of my patients across several generations. I really value this continuity of care. In true GP style I am a "Jack of all trades, master of none" but can always promise you an honest approach to your problems. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine but especially travel medicine, paediatrics, antenatal care, women's health and chronic disease management.

It has been an honour to be able to join such an experienced and dedicated team of GPs here at Hamilton Doctors where there is  such a high focus on quality care and team work.

Monday Denison Street: 9:00am - 12 noon
Tuesday Denison Street: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday Denison Street: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday Denison Street: 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Friday

Denison Street: 9:00am - 1:45pm


  Dr Anna Kelly
Dr Anna Kelly

I graduated from Newcastle University in 1988 and worked in Hospitals in Gosford, Newcastle and Sydney before completing my GP training. I ran a solo practice in Coogee and in 1998 my husband and I moved to Maitland to raise our 3 sons close to family. After establishing a film company and nearly 10 years in General Practice in East Maitland, we moved to Newcastle in 2007

I have since divided my time between my three passions - Family, General Practice and our film company, Limelight Creative Media.

I enjoy all aspects of General Practice with special interests in Women's health, Travel medicine, Mental health and chronic conditions.

In Limelight, we specialise in health and education. My work as a doctor informs many of our films and this combined with my strong belief in equity, inspires me to continue to try and make a difference to the health and wellbeing of people both individually and at a community level.

Monday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday Lindsay Street: 8:30am - 4:15pm
Friday Lindsay Street: 8:30am - 4:15pm


  Dr Rebecca-Eunji Lee
Rebecca-Eunji Lee

After graduating from Newcastle University, I worked in academic hospitals in the Central Coast and Sydney. I completed my GP fellowship training in the Central Coast and then decided to return to Newcastle to raise my family. I enjoy the diverse aspects of family medicine and have special interests in paediatrics (with a Diploma in Child Health), Women’s health and Skin Cancers.

I am an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy spending time mountain biking and snow skiing. I also enjoy music, travelling, reading and of course spending time with my family.

I am excited to have joined an excellent and caring team at Hamilton Doctors.

Monday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Wednesday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday Lindsay Street: 1:15pm - 3:45pm


  Dr Abbie Bingham
Dr Abbie Bingham

Dr Abbie Bingham grew up in Sydney and moved to Newcastle to study Medicine, graduating from The University of Newcastle in 1992. After completing her internship in Sydney she decided Newcastle was a far better place to live and hasn't left since.

She trained in Paediatrics at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital for 3 years before specialising in General Practice. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine, particularly the privilege of caring for multiple generations of the one family.

She has a special interest in children's health, and maternity and postnatal care. She also has further qualifications in Skin Cancer Medicine from the University of Queensland.

When not working Abbie loves gardening, sewing, art and music. Her major challenge in life is keeping the house stocked with enough food for her two teenaged boys.

Tuesday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Every second Wednesday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday Lindsay Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm


  Dr Cathy McIntyre
Dr Cathy McIntyre

Dr Cathy McIntyre grew up in Maitland and studied medicine at the University of Newcastle. After graduating in 1988 she worked in Sydney, Launceston and then Perth where she obtained a diploma in obstetrics as well as completing her general practice training.

Ten years later she returned with her husband to settle in Newcastle and raise their 2 daughters close to family.

She is interested in all aspects of family health care and particularly enjoys the long term relationships with patients that general practice allows. Her underlying philosophy is to provide information and support to enable people to make choices about their own health.

Monday  Denison Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday  Denison Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday  Denison Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm


  Dr Chris Gilbert
Dr Chris Gilbert

Dr Gilbert graduated from the Australian National University in 2008 before completing two years at Ballarat Base Hospital.

He then went on to work for the RAAF and spent four years in the Northern Territory. During this time, he completed training in aviation medicine, a Diploma in Child Health (DCH) and specialised in general practice (FRACGP).

Dr Gilbert enjoys all aspects of family medicine but has interests in children’s health, musculoskeletal medicine, travel medicine as well as aviation and occupational medicine.

Dr Gilbert is a registered Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) and can complete CASA medicals.

Monday  Denison Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday  Denison Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday  Denison Street: 9:00am - 5:00pm




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