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Every patient, including children, has an allocated, named GP who will take responsibility for overseeing the management of your health needs, medicines and who will work with other health and social care providers involved in your care.  It is not essential that you always see your named GP – all GP’s at our practice are able to access your health record.  If you are not aware of who your named GP is please contact the Practice or enquire next time you visit the Surgery.

Nurse Practitioners

A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education beyond that required of the generalist registered nurse (RN) role.  Nurse practitioners (NPs) manage acute and chronic medical conditions, both physical and mental, through history and physical exam and the ordering of diagnostic tests and medical treatments. NPs are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, perform advanced procedures, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice. In addition to building upon and expanding their nursing knowledge and skills, the nurse practitioner also learns medicine and uses medical diagnoses and medical treatments in their practice.

Nurse Carol Loughe (f)

Bsc(hons) Nurse Practiitioner and Independent Prescriber; Dip Asthma Care; Diploma Diabetes Care; RGN (Suffolk 1984)

Carol has worked in General Practice for over 11 years.  As well as being experienced in minor illness and minor injuries she has a special interest in asthma and diabetes.


Nurse Emma Scoones (f)

BS(Hons) Nurse Practitioner and Independent Nurse Prescriber

Emma qualified as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in 2014, she has been in general practice since 2015.  She specialises in acute medicine with a special interest in Paediatrics and Mental Health.

Emma qualified as a RN from UEA in 2005, she spent five years working in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where she specialised in Oncology/Haematology. In 2010 Emma transferred to the community administering intravenous therapies and caring for acutely unwell patients in their home helping to prevent hospital admissions. In 2012 whilst training to be a NP, Emma worked as a Ward Sister in a community hospital until she qualified in 2014.

Emma is married to an Anaesthetist and they have a young son.


Nurse Linda Knott (f)


Linda joined the practice in October 2008. She completed her nurse training at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in January 1986. Her nursing background is within Accident and Emergency, working for the MoD and as a first aid assessor. She currently splits her time working at Centre Parcs and Grove Surgery.


Nurse Jettie Vije (f)

HBO-Verpleegkunde (translates to a English nursing degree)
Jettie joined the  practice in March 2013.  She qualified as a nurse in the Netherlands in 1994 and since than has worked in the Netherlands, Africa ( Angola and Uganda)as an aid worker in emergency situations as well as more long term capacity building projects.  Since moving to Norfolk in 2003 she has worked in Acute Stroke Services in both The Norfolk and Norwich university hospital and Addenbrookes. Jettie is our research, travel and hypertension lead. 


Nurse Mellissa Oxborough (f)

Mellissa qualified as a RGN (Adult Nursing) in 2008. She joined the surgery in October 2015 specialising in Wound Care and is currently completing training in Diabetes and Asthma.
Mellissa previously worked at West Suffolk Hospital in the Emergency Surgery department for 10 years and has multiple surgery training and qualifications.

Healthcare Assistants

Miss Sophie Kennedy (f)

Sophie joined the Practice in July 2014 as a Health Care Assistant and previously worked as a Support Worker for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Sophie completed her NVQ Level 3 in Clinical Health Care in October 2015 at Norwich City College. Sophie is trained in Phlebotomy, ECGs, INR & Warfarin monitoring, Blood Pressure Readings and Monitoring, Minor Dressings, Suture Removals, Staple Removals, Urinalysis, Administering Vitamin B12 and Flu Vaccinations. Sophie also carries out our NHS Health Checks and new patient Registration Medicals. As well as the Health Care Assistant role, Sophie also completes Administration duties at the Practice.

Mrs Sammantha Connaughton (f)

Sammantha joined the Surgery in October 2014, having worked at School Lane Surgery and the West Suffolk Hospital.  Sammantha is trained in Phlebotomy for Adults and Children and can carry out Ear Wash Outs, ECG's, Minor Dressings, CVD Health Checks, INR Readings and monitoring, Administering B12 Injections, Flu Vaccinations, Blood Pressure Readings and Suture Removals.

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