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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 and baby daughter together.


Mrs Sandra Smith (f)

Nurse Manager

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 manager Sandy

Nurse Faye Lyne (f)

Faye Lyne (Senior Sister) started with Grove Surgery in 2018. Faye gained a scholarship to UEA and graduated with a BSc first class honours degree in adult nursing, she also assisted in the assessing process for nursing OSCE's for students at UEA. Faye joined the practice from NCH&C NHS Trust where she worked as a community nurse with the Thetford team, many of you came into contact with Faye during her time in this role. Faye’s main role in the community was acute and chronic wound care and palliative care.   Faye also continued to work as bank staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital during some of this time, her main role there was on the Cardiology ward. Faye is married with four children so her time away from work is very busy.

Faye Lyne

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.

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. 


Miss Emma Lince (f)

Graduated with BSc honours degree in adult nursing in 2015. Following completion Emma started training in acute medicine at the WSH.

Previous role was community nursing within Thetford since 2016 and she is still on bank as a district nurse.

Emma Joined the practice in September 18.

In Emma's spare time she enjoys catching up with friends and family.

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