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The Fakenham Medical Practice
 The Fakenham Medical Practice

The Practice Team
Dr David J N Bennett  MB, BS, MRCGP, DRCOG, Family Planning Certificate.
Full Time Doctor. Registered 1985 UK
Dr Richard G Gorrod  MB,BS, DGM, DCH, Dip IMC RCS (ed), Family Planning Certificate.
Full Time GP. Registered 1988 - Member of British Association of Immediate Care (BASICS) UK
Dr Carly A Hughes  MB, BS, MRCGP (distinction), Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning IUCD (coil fitting) Certificate,  MSc Health Sciences, Honorary senior lecturer in Health Policy and Practice UEA.
Part Time GP. Registered 1986 UK
Dr Manhar Joshi  MA, M, BChir, MRCGP, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning.
Full Time Doctor. Registered 1989 UK
Full Time. Registered 2005 UK
Dr Shahid Ahmad  MBBS MRCGP DRCOG.
Full Time. Registered 2007 Pakistan
Dr Alice M Pink BSc BM DFFP MRCGP.
Full time. Registered 2002 UK
Dr Douglas R Russell BSc., MB, BS, DRCOG, MRCGP
Part Time Doctor Registered 1977 UK
Dr Tahir Qureshi MB, BS, DRCOG, MRCGP, DPD.
Full Time Doctor Registered 2006 Pakistan
Dr Ingunn Bjornson  Cand Med (Oslo 1987) MRCGP DFP  Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning IUCD (coil fitting)
Female                  Part Time Doctor registered 1999 UK
Dr Afshan Hasan   MBBS  MRCGP DFRSH Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning IUCD (coil fitting)
Female                  Full time Doctor registered 2006 UK
Practice Staff
Chief Executive John A Fraser
Practice Manager Ann Kerrison
Assistant Practice Manager Abi
Administration Assistants Kim , Janet (& research admin)
IT Manager Mark
Summarising Penny, Cecile and Cathy
Scanning Clerks Diana, Katie (& secretarial admin)
Appointments Clerks Lynsey (& reception), Claire (& reception)
Accounts Manager Sue
Medical Secretaries Carol, Jan and Margaret
Admin support to secretaries Donna (& education admin)
Obesity Project Administrator Dee
Dispensary Manager Jean
Assistant Dispensary Manager Tracy
Dispensers Paula, Elizabeth, Georgie, Sheree and Stephanie
Dispensary Assistants Beverly, Janette, Natalie and Karen
Reception Manager Jennifer
Deputy Reception Manager Laura
Receptionists Bridget, Beverley (& admin assistant), Tina (& scanning clerk), Anita, Judith, Hannah and Josh
Nurse Manager Ruth
Nursing Staff Zoe, Julia, Liz, Sharon S, Sharon T, Jo, Laura, Tracey, Victoria and Andrea
Senior Health Care Assistant Denise
Health Care Assistants Vicky, Linsey, Rachel W and Rachel A
Obesity project nurse Ruth
Senior Housekeeper Amanda
Fakenham Housekeeping Staff Linda, Amanda, Kim and Michelle
Walsingham Housekeeping Staff Greta and Caroline
Handyman Barry
Groundsman Reg
Community Nurses
Community Nurses attached to the practice care for patients in their own homes, mainly the housebound and chronically sick and may also see patients at the surgery.
Practice Nurses
The practice nurses are highly trained and it is possible to make appointments with them directly for routine smear tests, contraceptive advice, HRT checks or our travel clinic. The nurses also run asthma, hypertension and diabetic clinics in conjunction with the doctors.

A number of consultant clinics are held at Fakenham Surgery and are available to patients of this and neighbouring practices. These are known as outreach clinics and patients attending them have been referred for consultant opinion in the normal way.


Practice nurses have a vital role in supporting your doctors in the service they give you, and the daily work of the nurses is planned with this in mind. For this reason there cannot be open access to the practice nurses who are able to see patients by appointment in the following circumstances.


Patients attending specific clinics.


New patients registering with the practice.


Patients attending follow-up appointments.


Patients referred by their doctor.


Routine cervical smears.

We also have a duty nurse each day offering 5 minute appointments from 8.30am to 6.30pm who can deal with many conditions which are urgent for that day. The nurse will be able to arrange a prescription if necessary, and can also arrange a GP appointment if needed.

The duty nurse can deal with:
  • Minor illnesses(cough,sore throat,cystitis.conjunctivitis etc)
  • Minor injuries
  • Ear, nose and throat problems
  • Respiratory disorders such as asthma /bronchitis
  • Skin conditions
  • Contraceptive advice
  • General Health advice
The nurses are unlikely to be able to deal with the following conditions and you should ask to see a doctor:
  • Unwell newborn babies under 3 months old
  • Abdominal pain
  • Testicular problems (pain, lump etc)
  • Breast lump
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pregnancy complications
  • New episode of depression or anxiety
  • Headaches
Community Midwives help your doctor with pregnant women's care and hold a booking clinic at the surgery on Tuesday afternoons and an antenatal clinic on Wednesday. They form an integral part of the continuing care of expectant mothers.
Your doctors have direct access to the services of a Chartered and State Registered Physiotherapist working from her own room in the surgery, should they decide to refer you for such treatment.
Health Visitors
Health Visitors can give advice on healthcare, particularly to expectant mothers, small children, the elderly and the handicapped. They see patients at home and at the Meditrina House.
If your doctor recommends a course of counselling, you will be referred to one of the accredited counsellors with whom the practice contracts for this service.

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