Duke Street Medical Centre originated in 1960 when Dr Brian Allen and his wife Maime bought the original building, small four roomed cottage. This little cottage was transformed into a medical centre from which Dr Allen practice as a General Practitioner for 40 years. Maime assisted at various times – when raising their family of four children allowed!- as his Practice Nurse. In 1995 Dr John Mowat joined the Practice and the first major alterations to the building occurred. This became the first “wing” of our present centre. In 1999 the second wing was added and Medlab came on site as well. By this time Brian was looking to retire and a replacement for him was keenly sort. Dr David Srinivasagam bought into the Practice and took over the care of Brian’s patients in 2000 since he and Dr Mowat continued as sole General Practitioners in a Company arrangement.
In 2003 the third wing was added and we became a large Medical Centre with various other medical professionals working from here. These included an Osteopath, Optician, Podiatrist, Diabetes Nurse Educator, and Midwives from Pohlen Maternity Hospital. At about this time Dr David Bridge was approached to join us and he shifted here from his centre in Neal Street in 2003. In 2004 Dr Mowat suffered a major stroke and despite all that could possibly be done he was unable to return here to practice his profession. Locums were employed to provide medical care for the patients enrolled with Dr Mowat until we were able to find a long term replacement. Dr Hamilton moved to Karapiro in 2005 and her Practice was taken over by Dr Rosie Hill who also commutes daily from Horahora and in August 2009.
In 2005 a clinic in Tirau was opened after twelve months of planning and building and gave the Tirau community access to a Doctor every morning, five days a week. This gave us the opportunity to change our name and we became known as Putaruru- Tirau Family Doctors to incorporate both sites. Dr Bridge ran this clinic each morning. In 2007 Dr Bridge became aware of problems involving his mobility. In August of that year he was diagnose with Motor Neurone Disease, and sadly passed away in September 2007. This was a very difficult time for all of us involved at the Clinic both emotionally and physically with the extra workload placed on everyone while a replacement was found and the ownership and financial issues were resolved. Dr Hill bought Dr Bridge’ shares in the Company and joined Dr Srinivasagam in the ownership of Putaruru- Tirau Family Doctors Ltd in November 2010. In 2017 Dr Amrin Sulaiman enquire Putaruru-Tirau Family Doctors Ltd and bought share in the company
We have Pathlab on site, Podiatry service, Osteopath Ear Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Nurse Educator, Mental Health Nurse and Psychiatrist. As a teaching Practice we halt Registrars training for their General Practitioners Registration with us throughout the year. They are a pleasure to have here and they are much appreciated. To have five permanent Doctors would be a tuxury for us and would qive us the opportunity to provide increased services to our patients and give me the manpower to give my Doctors much needed leave. Puteruru- Tirau Family Doctors achieved Cornerstone Accreditation in 2006, an chievement we are very proud of. We have undertaken Re-Accreditation, a three yearly “check up” to ensure that we are maintaining our high standards and services to our community.