Meet your GP Surgery Team

Doctors

Dr Tom Fry

GP
I spent most of my childhood in East Anglia. I graduated in London and then trained to be a GP in Suffolk, before joining Attleborough Surgeries in 2001.

I have a particular clinical interest in minor surgery and dermoscopy. I am the main tutor responsible for teaching our medical students and also am one of two of the GPs providing medical officer care to the children of Quidenham Hospice.

I fancy myself as a bit of a film buff, and I’m a keen walker. I live in Norwich, and enjoy its entertainments when I can, although most of my spare time is spent with my young family.

Dr Hilary Byrne

GP
I was born & grew up in Lancashire, moved to Scotland to the University of St Andrews and then back to Manchester University medical school from where I qualified in 1993. I then spent a long time in hospital medicine before becoming a GP, working initially in the North West. I moved to Norfolk and joined Attleborough Surgeries in 2001.

In addition to the wide range of normal general practice work, I am involved in working with other local practices to improve the effectiveness of integrated work arrangements. I am also one of two GPs providing medical officer services to the children of Quidenham Hospital.

I am also part of a team looking at which services can be provided closer to patients homes and working with community services and local councils to achieve this.

Dr Peter Read

GP
I first lived in Norwich as a teenager before going to university in Cambridge and Nottingham. I qualified as a doctor in 2002 and worked for several years in hospital medicine before training to become a GP. I joined Attleborough Surgeries as a GP Partner in 2012.

As well as the full range of general practice services I am also interested in teaching, family planning and minor surgery.

My wife and I decided to move our young family back to Norfolk in 2010 and are very happy we have. We spend our free time exploring the countryside and coastline with our three young children.

Dr Paul Roebuck

GP
I am a graduate of the University of Glasgow Medical School and have worked as a partner in General Practice at Sheringham for some 19 years prior to moving to Attleborough Surgeries in 2013.

My primary interests are in general medicine and I have specific expertise and training in sport and exercise medicine. I hope to expand services at Attleborough and innovate to meet the challenges we currently face in primary care.

Outside of work I am a keen sportsman, injuries allowing, and play tennis regularly. I still aspire to multi-sport events, having been a triathlete whilst living and working in Australia some 20 years and two stone ago!

I am a devotee of, and season ticket holder at, Northampton Saints RFC and follow Manchester United keenly, attending matches when I can. I am more than happy to engage in debate in these areas but would suggest a longer appointment!

Dr Simon Vavasour

GP
Having spent my formative years in Kent, I qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and moved to Norwich for my GP training. I then became a partner in North Walsham and after 17 years decided it was time for a change. I moved down to a practice in West Sussex but found the pull of Norfolk too strong and after 2 years could no longer resist it and joined Attleborough Surgery in January 2015.

I love general practice for all the different challenges it presents which makes each day different. I also have a special interest in urology and work in the urology department at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital once a week. My other interests include diabetes, minor surgery and paediatrics as well as teaching and training junior doctors.

Outside of work I still play the occasional game of rugby and will participate in any sport if asked. I also play the saxophone and follow the exploits of Leicester Tigers RFC and Norwich City with enthusiasm. I have a large family who keep me busy at weekends.

Dr Maria Chriba

GP
I completed my training in Norfolk and qualified as a GP in 2015. After working in various Norfolk practices for 2 years, I decided to join Attleborough Surgeries in 2017.

My special interests are skin diseases and minor surgery. I had the opportunity to train and work in dermatology for several years before joining general practice.

My young family keeps me busy and currently I work part time and try hard to balance my work commitment with my family life.

Outside work, my interests include, experimental cooking and baking. I also enjoy light sports like jogging, aerobics and zumba.

Dr Laura Chambers

GP
I qualified as a doctor in 2009 at the University of Sheffield and completed my GP training in Rotherham in 2014. I worked in Rotherham and Sheffield until March 2020 when my husband and I decided to relocate to Norfolk to be closer to family.

My special interest is women’s health and I have completed additional training to fit contraceptive implants and coils.

My young family and our 2 Labradors, Jeff and Winnie, keep me busy outside of work but if I do get any spare time I love being outdoors cycling and running.

Salaried GPs

Dr Laura Hems

Salaried GP

Dr Jennifer Cole

Salaried GP

Dr Anam Khalid

Salaried GP

GP Trainees

We are an approved GP Training Practice. This means that doctors who wish to work in General Practice spend time training in a surgery environment to gain the experience and qualifications they need. We have GP Trainers who mentor and support the education of the doctors in training. 

Dr Mohammed Abdelmohsen

GP Trainee

Nursing Team

Nurse Practitioners can assess, diagnose and treat a range of conditions and some of our team have areas of special interest including contraception and hypertension.

Rebecca Canham 

Lead Practice Nurse

Nurses

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as contraception, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Emma Powley

Practice Nurse

Holly Tidmarsh

Practice Nurse

Amelia Jary

Practice Nurse

Pauline Lacoste

Practice Nurse

Emma Holloway

Practice Nurse

Healthcare Team

Health Practitioners

Cameron Warren

Lead Advanced Care Practitioner

Holly Ari

Advanced Care Practitioner

Katie Ellis

Paramedic Practitioner

James Ryan

Paramedic Practitioner

Annie Meazey

Nurse Practitioner

Joanna Hart

Student Nurse Practitioner

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. A number of our healthcare assistants are qualified to carry out extended roles in support of dressings and long term disease health issues. They may also act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Sue Bolton

Healthcare Assistant

Jan Pope

General Practice Assistant

Caroline Setchell

Associate Practitioner

Lisa Newby

Associate Practitioner

Leah Billingham

Healthcare Assistant

Chloe Dickerson

Healthcare Assistant

Ryan Taaffe-Fowle

General Practice Assistant

Dispensary Team

Jenny Waller

Dispensary Manager

Samantha Maund

Senior Dispenser

Sarah Pettit

Senior Dispenser

Helen Beales

Dispenser

Luke Fox

Counter Assistant

Carol Coleman

Dispenser

Gaye Butcher

Dispenser

Charlene Surrell

Dispenser

Clare Moore

Dispenser

Evie Nichols

Dispenser

Tiffany Lambert

Dispenser

Practice Team

Lucy McLean

Practice Manager
I joined the practice in June 2011. Prior to this I worked for over 20 years across acute, community, mental health and commissioning NHS organisations.

I am responsible for all aspects of practice life at both Station Road and Queens Square Surgeries, with the support of our very capable staff.
Attleborough Surgeries is a busy practice and I enjoy being able to get to know some of our patients better through my involvement in the Patient Participation Group and Friends of Attleborough Surgeries.

I was born and grew up in Norfolk and am very committed to working with local stakeholders to plan how we meet the growing needs of our practice population as the towns expansion and development takes place.

Neil Bezant

Assistant Practice Manager

Tricia Riceman

PA

Administration

The administration staff provide a range of services in the practice which mainly involve using and maintaining the IT systems to offer a range of functions in addition to traditional appointment scheduling, clinical record keeping and prescribing. Modern GP practices use their systems to manage incoming and outgoing correspondence, review performance data, provide patient recall functions, run audits and reports, manage referrals and test requests, incorporate pathology test reports and to analyse referral and prescribing costs and trends within the practice.

Lou Leggett

Administrator

Ellie Cooper

Administrator

Kerry Mitchell

Administrator

Elaine Fowle

Administrator

Rachel Lloyd

Medical Secretary

Harriet Sturgeon-Glover

Administrator

Jo-Anne Downes

Medical Secretary

Emma Lloyd

Administrator

Michelle Silver

Administrator

Kirsty Boardman

Administrator

Reception

Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as taking messages, giving out results as authorised by the GP and keeping information up to date.

Tracy Delf

Reception Manager

Linda Royall

Receptionist

Barbara Kidd

Receptionist

Sue Hutchinson

Receptionist

Michelle Paterson

Senior Receptionist.

Yvette Lancaster

Receptionist

Gail Jennings-Page

Receptionist

Tracey Martin

Receptionist

Sandy Dempster

Receptionist

Stephanie Willis

Receptionist

Aliya Nanji

Receptionist

Janet Newby

Senior Receptionist.

Liz Rogers

Receptionist

Annamarie Hainsby

Receptionist

Rebbeca Weight

Receptionist

Gaena McDonald

Receptionist

Holly Crisp

Receptionist

Jane Ashley

Receptionist

Extended Primary Care Team

First Contact Physiotherapists

Mary Green

First Contact Physiotherapist (Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust and Primary Care Network)

Lee Keeler

First Contact Physiotherapist (Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust and Primary Care Network)

Sam Kent

First Contact Physiotherapist (Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust and Primary Care Network)

Mental Health Practitioners

Susan Edwards

Mental Health Practitioner (Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and Primary Care Network)

Miles Kemp

Mental Health Practitioner (Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and Primary Care Network)

Clinical Pharmacists

Dora Cockerill

Clinical Pharmacist (Practice)

Jane Purcell

Clinical Pharmacist (Practice)

Enhanced Recovery Worker

Sindy-Marie Wright

Enhanced Recovery Worker (MIND and Primary Care Network)

Social Prescriber

Donna Scott

Social Prescriber (Community Connector, South Norfolk Council and Primary Care Network)

Allied Healthcare Professionals

We have a range of additional Allied Healthcare Professionals working with us to support our patients. They all use rooms in the surgery to offer their services. Some are employed by other local Health and Social Care Providers, and some by the Primary Care Network (PCN). The PCN is a grouping of nine local Practices to whom NHS England Funding is allocated and used to support patients with the employment of Healthcare Professionals.

Community Midwives

Midwives often describe their job as ‘privileged’ and is much more than delivering babies. The role they have in preparing women for the delivery of new life makes them a vital presence during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. More midwives now work in the community, providing services in women’s homes, local clinics, children’s centres and GP surgeries.

Community Nurses

District nurses play a crucial role in the primary health care team. They visit people in their own homes or in residential care homes, providing care for patients and supporting family members. As well as providing direct patient care, district nurses also have a teaching role, working with patients to enable them to care for themselves or with family members teaching them how to give care to their relatives. District nurses play a vital role in keeping hospital admissions and re-admissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.

A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social well-being.