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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.


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 long term conditions being lead diabetes nurse and deputy lead for respiratory. She is also deputy and trained in travel vaccinations travel. 

Sister 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 Sister/Nurse team lead at School Lane Surgery and main role is Minor Illnesses following completion of the Minor Illness Diploma. Other lead roles include Sexual Health.  She has just completed a prescriber course to enable her to be an Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber. 

She is also lead nurse and specialises in Travel Health and Immunisations which she thoroughly enjoys.

Nurse Alice Walton (f)

Nurse aliceAlice trained to be a Nurse in Bristol and qualified in 2004. since then she worked in at the West Suffolk hospital, Hammersmith hospital London and in A&E in London and Cambridge. 

She Joined the surgery in 2014.

She is the respiratory lead. she also does INRs, Dresssings Smears, baby vaccines.

Nurse Anna Sim (f)

Anna qualified as a nurse in 2007 from the UEA. Her previous jobs involve working as a staff nurse on a surgical ward specialising in urology and then onto intensive care. 

She joined School Lane Surgery in 2018 and since then has completed her cytology and immunisation course. 

She is married with two children. She loves a G+T and eating!

Nurse 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 ran the vasectomy clinic and blood room but has now moved on to long term conditions and general nurse clinics. She is commonly known as 'the treatment room nurse'.

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 now works mainly with the elderly frail. She does most of the annual dementia reviews and memory tests.  She will be retiring from the end of February to enjoy travelling and spending time with her granddaughter Annabelle .

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.
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, Spirometry and Routine Vaccinations.

Julia also assists with extra clinics provided at the Surgery such as assisting with Minor Ops and Neurology Clinic with Dr Charlotte Brierley.

Mrs Lacey Walls (f)

She is trained in Phlebotomy, Healthchecks, Dressings, Ear Washouts, Spirometry and Audiology. Her main role is a Care Co-Ordinator working alongside the GP's and nurses to identify unmet needs and to assist patients in obtaining adequate support from health, social and voluntary sectors.

She oversee's the Frailty list patients and tries to keep a closer eye on those more vulnerable on our lists.

She also receives a lot of referrals from GP's and nurses about patients and their relatives that could use extra help either in their own home, whether they live with relatives, are considering moving in to more sheltered accomodation or those needing respite care, even those with social needs like shopping and socialising.

She makes contact with patients recently discharged from hospital to make sure they have adequate care in place should they need it, as well as speaking to patients and putting care in place to avoid hospital admissions.


Mrs Rebecca Ashwell (f)

 Rebecca joined the Practice in 2017 and is a fully qualified phlebotomist. She had a lengthy career with the National Blood Service and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, she is married and has a lovey dog called Millie.

Mr Slava Tarita (m)

Slava joined the Practice this year and is a fully qualified phlebotomist. He oversees NHS health checks and the sexual health clinics. 

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