- Dr Martin Belsham – Male, MBBS, DA (UK) DCB, FPCert
Martin came to Thetford in 1991. His wife Catrina is a nursing sister at West Suffolk Hospital and they have five children. He likes to think he is an old-fashioned generalist with interests in family medicine. He gained the post grad cert in substance misuse and after running the specialist service for 15 years now cares for those patients in the practice. He now sits on the LMC and chairs Breckland Alliance Commissioning Group. His interests are eclectic and centered on music and sport, a good book and a pint of home brew.
- Dr Jon Bryson – Male, MBBS, MRCGP, FPCert
Born in Liverpool and qualifying from Westminster Medical School, London, in 1985. Jon has always been interested in general practice, but completed further training in obstetrics, paediatrics and cardiology before deciding to move permanently to Norfolk in 1992. He describes East Anglia as a delightful place to live, and Thetford is a constantly changing, sometimes challenging but always a rewarding community to work within.
At School Lane Surgery, we try to remain true to the values of family practice whilst adapting to the real and diverse pressures that shape change within our society. It is these changes and the need to improve with them that have nurtured an interest in primary care development, he believe we can work better within the NHS and wants to develop improved care specific to our local community.
Liz and Jon married just before moving to Thetford. They have two children, born bred and educated locally that have now flown the nest. They all enjoy a quieter, more rural, outdoors living, but are able to escape to the “big city” when desired. This helps to confirm the reason for their move to East Anglia, whilst ensuring that they still do understand and appreciate the more cosmopolitan.
- Dr Meriel Overy – Female, BMedSci, BM, BS, MRCGP
Meriel Overy qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1991 and, after a short return to her native Kent, completed training in general practice in Stoke-on-Trent. There she built on her student interests in Dermatology and in Infectious Diseases. In 1995, she travelled to Australia with her husband and worked as a GP both in Queensland and in Western Australia. Resisting temptation to stay, they returned to the UK and Meriel took up a partnership at School Lane Surgery in 1998.
Meriel currently works full-time within the practice. Her main clinical interest remains in Dermatology and in 2007, she gained the Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University. She worked at the West Suffolk Hospital one half-day per week for several years performing dermatological minor surgery. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education and is registered GP trainer. Meriel is married with two children, two dogs, two rabbits, a cat and numerous fish. On the rare occasions when time permits she enjoys scuba diving, skiing and a pint or two of real ale.
- Dr Kim Tomlinson – Female, PHD MB BS MRCGP
Kim joined the team in March 2014 on completion of her GP training. She prides herself on being a generalist.
- Dr Laura Smart – Female
Laura joined the practice in November 2015 on completion of her training. Laura completed her final year as a registrar with the practice and as of November 2015, she decided to stay with the practice and become an associate GP. Laura has returned from her maternity leave and is enjoying her time back at the surgery.
- Dr Lesley Letellier – Female, MBChB (Hons) MRCP, MRCGP
Lesley joined the surgery as a registrar. She decided to stay with us and has progressed to an associate GP.
- Dr Baisakhi Sengupta – Female
Dr Sengupta joined School Lane surgery in December 2018 and has been a GP for 16 years. Graduating from India and doing her postgraduate in the UK. She is married with 2 grown up children. Her hobbies include travelling and listening to music.
- Dr Vinaya Rajan – Female, GP