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School Lane Surgery are currently undergoing evaluation of their dementia services in an effort to become accredited as a Dementia Friendly Practice. We have bought suitable equipment including a new clock and signs for the toilet and all staff have participated in extra dementia awareness training. Many of the staff that attended this training have become dementia friends and can be recognised by the small dementia friend badge that they will be wearing. We will up date you further once we have been accredited.


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)

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.

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 .

Nurse Rebecca Canham (f)

Rebecca qualified from the university of Northumbria at Newcastle in 2001. She then moved to Guernsey to work on a private ward covering all areas of care and later on travelled to Australia to work in Orthopedics. She returned Guernsey to gain her BSC Hons degree and to continue working on the private ward. In 2010 she returned to the UK where she worked at the Spire Norwich Hospital and then moved onto Cruise Ships to work exploring the world and new nursing skills. Rebecca then returned home in 2017 where she joined the practice. Since joining us she has developed further skills in smears, child vaccines, INR's and is now studying for diabetes.

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 for social prescribing and monitoring the frail patients, and also deals with private medicals.


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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