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This is to inform you that the Surgery will be closed this Thursday the 22nd  March.  Everything will be available from the Healthy Living Centre instead that day such as sick notes and prescriptions.  The phones will still be operational so please do not hesitate to contact us.


Nurse Sandra Smith (f)

Nurse ManagerNurse manager Sandy

Sandy Qualified in 1986 after training at Kettering General Hospital in Northamptonshire. Her background is in Cardiology, Surgery, Urology, and Occupational Health nursing. She has worked in both the private and NHS sectors. Sandy joined School Lane Surgery in 2002 predominately overseeing our Cardiac Patients.

Sandy was appointed Breckland Alliance Nurse Manager in December 2016 and therefore overseeing the Nursing Teams at School Lane, Grove Lane, Healthy Living Centre and Watton Medical Practice. Prior to her new appointment, she was deputy nurse manager at School Lane Surgery from 2010 until 2013, then took over as Nurse manager from 2013 until December 2016.

Hobbies are water colour/acrylic painting and is also Trained as a Clinical Aromatherapist/Massage therapist. Sandy is married with one son.


Nurse Deborah Holder (f)

Senior Practice Nurse

Debbie joined the practice in July 2011 from Brandon Forest Group Practice. She started as a health care assistant in 1985 then completed a pre-nursing course at college. She then did her nurse training at Ipswich hospital in 1987, becoming a practice nurse in 1996.

Debbie specialises in Diabetes as well as being deputy lead for Travel Vaccines and Respiratory. She is also trained in Ring pessaries, Coil removal and Pill checks.

Nurse Louise Shields (f)

Louise qualified as a Nurse in 2000 from the University of Sheffield and joined School Lane in October 2015. She is the Sexual Health Lead and is currently completing Coil fitting training and a Minor Illness Diploma.

She also specialises in Travel Health and Child Immunisations which she thoroughly enjoys.

Nurse Alice Walton (f)

Alice joined the surgery in February 2014 from Addenbrookes A&E Department. She is our ResNurse alicepiratory and Anticoagulation Lead.

Alice is trained in Smears, all injections except Travel and Minor Injuries.

Mrs Susan Taylor (f)

Sue trained and qualified as nurse at The Royal Masonic Hospital in 1982. She worked in Nurse Suetheatre recovery before moving to the Darlington Memorial Hospital in Yorkshire where she discovered a love of out-patient nursing for the surgical and X-ray departments. She then moved to Germany to do private nursing for 5 years. When she returned to England she joined the Thetford Cottage Community Hospital as a Phlebotomist for a number of years before joining School Lane surgery in 2005. 

Sue is one of our Anticoagulant Nurses and is trained in Phlebotomy, Minor injuries, Suture removal, Dressings, Ear washouts, Smears and Coil removals.

Mrs Muriel Hadley-Brown (f)

Care Co-Ordinator RGN

Muriel joined School Lane Surgery in June 2014, as the Care co-ordinator. She began her nursing career in 1974 and since 1996 has worked in various nursing homes across East Anglia, including 12 years at Ford Place.

Muriel began working at the surgery as part of the admissions avoidance project, with the aim of co-ordinating a variety of community services to enable people to stay in their own homes. She is also involved with the annual dementia reviews and the over 75s health checks.

Health Practitioners

Mr Nat Holding (m)

Nat ECPEmergency Care Practitioner

Nat graduated in 2001 with BSc Honours Cell and Molecular Biology.

He then went on to become a course director in paramedic training for the East of England ambulance service and worked as trauma medic and helicopter retrieval.

Nat joined School Lane Surgery 2013 as our Emergency Care Practitioner. He usually sees on the day patients for minor illness such as infections, minor injuries and rashes.

Nat is Married to a beautiful rock singer Linzi and has 3 children. He loves to travel, go carp fishing and astronomy especially big bang cosmology.

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, electrocardiograms, spirometry, audiology and and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
Mrs Katrina Gristock (f)

Katrina joined the Surgery from Forest Group Practice in August 2013.

She is trained in Phlebotomy, Healthchecks, Dressings, Ear Washouts, Spirometry and Audiology.HCA Katrina

Katrina also assists with extra clinics provided at the Surgery such as assisting with Minor Ops, Vasectomy Clinic with Mr A Sengupta and Neurology Clinic with Dr Charlotte Brierley.

Katrina has recently completed her training to be able to give B12, Pneumonia and Flu vaccines.

Miss Ruth Lawson (f)

Ruth joined the Surgery in 2015 from Grove Surgery where she worked for 6 years. HCA RuthPrior to this she worked for the blood transfusion service.

She is our main Phlebotomist but also provides clinics for Spirometry's, Hearing tests, Wound dressings, Ear washout, Long term conditions and CVD NHS Healthchecks.

Miss Julia Lowe (f)

Julia joined the Practice in August 2006 making her the longest serving HCA.HCA Julia

Julia is trained in Phlebotomy, BP checks, Healthchecks, Suture removal, Dressings, Ear Washout and Spirometry.

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