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After 30 years as a partner at School Lane, Dr Hadley-Brown will be retiring from GP practice at the end of February 2019.  He is, of course, too young to want to retire and will be continuing medical work with the University of Cambridge and NHS England plus occasional GP surgeries. After 30 years it will be a big ‘goodbye’ but we are fortunate to have Dr Laura Smart returning from maternity leave in March, as well as continuing efforts to recruit additional GPs.


Dr Martin Belsham (m)

Dr_Belsham.jpgMBBS, DA (uk), DCH,  FPCert

'I came to Thetford in 1991. My wife Catrina is a nursing sister at West Suffolk Hospital and we have five children. I like to think i am an old fashioned generalist with interests in family medicine. I gained the post grad cert in substance misuse and after running the specialist service for 15 years now care for those patients in the practice. I sit on the LMC and chair Breckland Alliance Commissioning Group. My interests are eclectic and centered on music and sport, a good book and a pint of home brew.'

Dr Jon Bryson (m)

Dr_Bryson.jpgMBBS, MRCGP, FPCert

Born in Liverpool and qualifying from Westminster Medical School, London, in 1985.

I have always been interested in general practice, but completed further training in obstetrics, paediatrics and cardiology before deciding to move permanently to Norfolk in 1992. East Anglia is a delightful place to live, and Thetford is a constantly changing, sometimes challenging but always a rewarding community to work within.

At School Lane Surgery we try to remain true to the values of family practice whilst adapting to the real and diverse pressures that shape change within our society.  It is these changes and the need to improve with them that have nurtured an interest in primary care development, I believe we can work better within the NHS and want to develop improved care specific to our local community.

Liz and I married just before moving to Thetford.  We have two children, born bred and educated locally that have now flown the nest.  We all enjoy a quieter, more rural, outdoors living, but are able to escape to the “big city” when desired.  This helps to confirm the reason for our move to East Anglia, whilst ensuring that we still do understand and appreciate the more cosmopolitan.

Dr Meriel Overy (f)

Dr_Overy.jpgBMedSci, BM, BS, MRCGP

Meriel Overy qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1991 and, after a short return to her native Kent, completed training in General practice in Stoke-on-Trent. There she built on her student interests in Dermatology and in Infectious Diseases. In 1995 she travelled to Australia with her husband and worked as a GP both in Queensland and in Western Australia. Resisting temptation to stay, they returned to the UK and Meriel took up a partnership at School Lane in 1998.

Meriel currently works full-time within the practice. Her main clinical interest remains in Dermatology and in 2007 she gained the Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University. She worked at the West Suffolk Hospital one half-day per week for several years performing dermatological minor surgery. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education and is registered GP trainer.

Meriel is married with two children, two dogs, two rabbits, a cat and numerous fish. On the rare occasions when time permits she enjoys scuba diving, skiing and a pint or two of real ale.

GP Associates

Dr Kim Tomlinson (f)

PHD, MB, BS, MRCGP                                                                                                    

Kim joined the team in March 2014 on completion of her GP training. She prides herself on being a generalist.


Dr Laura Smart (f)

Laura joined the practice in November 2015 on completion of her

training. Laura is currently on maternity leave

Dr Lesley Letellier (f)

MBChB (Hons), MRCP (UK), MRCGP                                                Dr Letellier

Dr Baisakhi Sengupta (f)

Dr Sengupta joined School Lane surgery December 18 and has been a GP for 16 years. Graduating from India and doing her postgraduate in the UK. She is married with 2 grown up children. Her hobbies include travelling and listening to music.

Dr Sengupta

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