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Nurse Practitioners

Mrs Fenella Rawlings

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.


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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