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Supporting Carers Week - 11th to 17th June.  Click here for more information from Carers Matter Norfolk.

Latest newsletter published - click here.

Click here for the latest CCG 'patient and carers guide to support for people with dementia'.  This has a range of useful contacts.

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

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. 

Nurse Practitioners

Miss Ellen Sewell

Ellen Sewell is our new Nurse Practitioner, joining us in January 2018.  She, like her predecessor is a registered Nurse with an independent prescribing qualification which she will be using to help manage patients that present at the surgery with a same day need and with the management of their long term conditions.  Having spent the last six years working in Accident and Emergency departments at two large hospitals, Ellen is making a switch back to Primary Care where she has a number of years previous experience working in NHS Walk in Centre's, at NHS Direct and a Minor Injury Unit.   

Ellen has enjoyed her time working in larger hospital trusts in Dartford and more recently in Ipswich, but is now looking forward to heading back to Primary Care and supporting our patients with their acute and on going healthcare needs. 

Out of work Ellen enjoys spending time in her garden in North Suffolk and with her baking skills will be a strong contender in our next round of the staff 'Heathgate Bake Off'. 


Mrs Catherine Smedley

CatherineSm 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.



Mrs Sheila Brown

SheilaSheila 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!

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Sharon Brookes


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.


Mrs Carol Vincent

CarolCarol 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. 

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