Click here for the latest CCG 'patient and carers guide to support for people with dementia'. This has a range of useful contacts.
There are currently road works on the main road through Poringland causing delays. Please give yourself time to get to your appointment at the surgery. Thank you.
The Practice is pleased to support the new St Georges Dementia Support Group in Stoke Holy Cross. For further information call 01508 493661.
Visit the Dementia Friendly Norfolk website at www.dementiafriednlynorfolk.com
The breast screening unit which was in Poringland in the spring has now left the area. For patients that missed their appointment or are outside the screening age but can request screening once every three years, should call the screening team on 01603 287777.
MBBS (London 1979) FRCGP, DRCOG, DPD
Tony joined the Practice in 1986. He trains other doctors to become GPs and is a GP tutor helping other GPs in their professional development. Within the Practice he has a particular interest in diabetes and other chronic illnesses. He has considerable experience in skin disease.
He has completed the arduous Fellowship (of the Royal College of GPs) in 2003 and is passionate about developing his professional skills and the services provided by the Practice.
MBBS (Hamburg) 1991
Dr Meyerhoff joined the Practice as a Partner in 2000, after completing her GP Training at the surgery. She moved to the UK in 1992, initially based in the West Country for a 6 month post and then moved East, where she has settled in Norfolk with her family. Andrea enjoys all aspects of General Practice and has no plans to move again!
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and 'provides first class cuisine' for her family and friends and hopes that her regular swimming keeps the side effects of such great food under control!
BSc MBChB (Sheffield 2006), MRCGP
Dr Tony Ames became a Partner in February 2012, following Dr Jo Gilson's retirement.
He wasn't really a newcomer to the Practice, as he completed his GP training at the surgery in August 2011.
Dr Ames has a particular interest in Diabetes, Palliative Care and Minor Surgery. He became a GP Trainer in 2015; supervising the development of GP Trainees along with Dr Palframan. Dr Ames is also our clinical link with one of the larger care homes in the area.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with his wife and children.
MB BS (UEA 2008), MRCGP
Dr Daniel Wallace joined the Practice as a GP Trainee in August 2012, completing his GP Training before becoming a Partner one year later.
He studied medicine at the UEA and worked previously at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
He is a keen footballer, runner and an enthusiastic walker along the North Norfolk Coast, although he also enjoys the challenges of the Cumbria fells. Daniel is married to Laura, a local teacher.
MB BS (UEA 2011), MRCGP, DRCOG
Dr O'Connell joined the Practice in August 2016 after the completion of her GP Training with us.
Having undertaken her degree in medicine at the UEA in Norwich, she completed her Foundation Doctor years at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital before starting her GP training, which included attachments at A&E, Community Psychiatry, Orthopaedics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
As well as her attachment to our Practice, she also spent part of her training at Bungay Medical Practice.
Dr O'Connell replaced Dr Thirkell when she retired and is looking forward to getting to meet her new patients. She has a particular interest in Palliative Care and Women's Health and is looking to complete her Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health to sit alongside her existing Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Out of Practice, Amy plays a range of musical instruments and sings with 'The Norwich Music Group' as well as a quartet in her home town of Northampton.
She is married to Sam, a local Accountant.
Dr Annabel Hall, Dr Rafea Khan and Dr Alex Smith (currently on maternity leave)
The surgery also hosts Doctors that are completing their training to become GPs. These qualified Doctors may be clinicians, who for example, have decided after a period of time working in a hospital setting, they would like to leave that environment and become a GP.
They have joined a local training programme and spend time in our surgery to obtain experience working in a Primary Care setting. At present, we have three Trainees. You may find that they ask if you mind them videoing your consultation with them to support their learning.
They are mentored by our doctors who are qualified Trainers. The whole Practice is involved in their training.
We also host hospital doctors who have chosen to experience a rotation of their latest training in Primary Care. At the moment, Dr Safeena Daroge is working with us at the Practice.
Fenella joined the Practice in January 2015 having spent the previous five years working in a similar role in Great Yarmouth and managing a wider nursing team for that Healthcare Provider. She started her practice nursing career in 1992 in Germany working at a HM Forces Medical Centre and has subsequently worked in surgeries in Lincolnshire, Kent and London before Great Yarmouth. She successfully completed her Nurse Practitioner degree at UEA in July 2006 and the associated independent prescribing qualification soon followed.
Fenella sees patients with same day clinical needs and supports others with the management of their long term conditions. She has particular experience in the management of diabetic and respiratory medicine. She will work along side our existing team of practice nurses and health care assistants and will support them with their professional development.
Fenella is married, lives with her family in South Norfolk and enjoys walking along the many costal pathways that the North Norfolk coast has to offer. She has also recently taken up knitting in her spare time.
Catherine joined the Practice in May 2016. She is an experienced Practice Nurse having worked in South Yorkshire Practices and another South Norfolk Practice in Harleston.
She enjoys working in Primary Care because of the varying work she undertakes with patients.
Catherine has vast experience of supporting patients with long terms conditions, particularly COPD (in which she has a Warwick Course Diploma), asthma and diabetes.
Her core nurse training was in Sheffield and she spent a little while working in Canada in the early 1980's. She is married, has three children and enjoys spending time gardening, walking her dogs and with her family. We welcome Catherine to the Heathgate team.
Sheila joined the Practice in January 2013, having spent a number of years working as a District Nurse for the Community Health Care Trust. She completed her Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing at the UEA between 1999 and 2002 after raising her family.
Just after she qualified, Sheila worked at the Norfolk and Norwich Univeristy Hospital in surgical outpatients and stroke rehabilitation. Since joining us she has completed her Asthma Diploma and will be helping manage many of our respiratory patients in the Practice.
Sheila lives locally and enjoys spending time with her family. She attends a weekly tap dance class, is an avid reader and enjoys the theatre. She is often heard 'singing' in the corridors of the Practice!
Sharon joined the Practice in 2009, after working at a local private hospital for 12 years. She has an NVQ level 3 in Healthcare. Sharon runs general Nursing clinics at both Heathgate and Rockland St Mary Surgeries as well as our regular phlebotomy clinics.
With Tina, Sharon also runs our INR (anti coagulation) clinics which she particularly enjoys. Both our Nursing Assistants support with our annual flu immunisation programme in the Autumn/Winter months.
Sharon lives locally and she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs.
Carol is our Phlebotomist. She joined the Practice in July 2015 and is responsible for taking blood samples from patients. Carol joined us from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital having spent over 10 years working there. She is able to take samples from patients who previously have needed, because of their condition, to see a doctor.
Garry Whiting is our Managing Partner and is responsible for managing the strategic and business aspects of the Practice. This includes overseeing the services we offer, finance, our NHS England contracts, HR, patient safety, premises, equipment, CQC compliance and IT. Garry also manages the care budgets that we are now responsible for including hospital spend and prescribing. He co-ordinates our patient participation group.
Garry joined the Practice in 2001 after a change in career having previously spent 15 years with NatWest Bank. He lives in South Norfolk with his wife and two sons, who keep him busy with their sporting activities.
He runs with Wymondham Athletic Club, plays squash and has just retired as Chair of Governors at Hethersett Woodside Infant & Nursery School after a 10 year term.
Julie Southgate Clerical Support Officer
Louise Mortlock Clerical Support Officer
Kerry Curtis Administration Support Officer
Anna Grady Receptionist
Tracey Crabtree Receptionist
Fiona Edmunds Receptionist
Caroline Skipper Receptionist
Caroline Grand Receptionist
May Thurling Receptionist
Jane Vince Medical Secretary
Lindsay Wortley Dispensary Manager
Christine Webb Dispenser
Frances Miles Dispenser
Ben Smith Apprentice Dispenser
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