Meet your GP Surgery Team



Dr Colin Sale

Dr Sale completed his training in Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London. After completing his training, he moved to Norfolk and joined the practice in 1991 as a full time partner.

Dr Sale is the current GP trainer for the practice, and is also a qualified GP appraiser.
Dr Sale is the lead GP for child safeguarding, information governance and is the CQC registered manager.

Dr Elizabeth Christie

MB ChB (Birmingham 2004)DCH, DRCOG, MRCGP
Dr Christie trained in Birmingham, returning to her home county of Norfolk to train as a GP in 2008. She undertook her final year of training at Ludham and Stalham Green Surgeries between August 2010 and August 2011.
Dr Christie joined the practice as a part time partner in April 2012.
Dr Christie is the lead GP for research, integrated care, infection control and is the practice’s representative for the Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Nicholas McCardel

Dr McCardel trained at the UEA, remaining in Norfolk to train as a GP in 2009. He is a full time GP partner and can be seen at either of our surgeries.
Dr McCardel is the lead GP for adult safeguarding, dementia and learning disabilities.

Dr Murugappan

MBBS (Newcastle 2000) MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG
Dr Murugappan trained at Newcastle University where she also completed her GP training and then moved to Norfolk in 2010.
Dr Murugappan has worked at a couple of practices in Norwich and joined Ludham & Stalham Green surgeries.
She has an interest in Contraception and Women’s Health.
Outside of work, her family and two young children keep her occupied.
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Dr Caitlin Doyle

Dr Doyle completed her medical training at Glasgow University in 2016, where she then worked in Aberdeen & rural Scotland before moving to Norfolk.
She worked in anaesthetics and ITU while teaching medical students before training as a GP.
She completed her final year of GP training at Ludham & Stalham Green Surgeries.
Dr Doyle has an interest in women’s and reproductive health and medical education.

Nursing Team


Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Emma joined the practice in 2014 and is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
She has been a qualified nurse since 2000, working as a senior sister in a hospital setting and then as a practice nurse for 16 years. Working at both sites Emma assesses, diagnoses, prescribes and treats urgent ‘on the day’ problems.


Practice Nurse

Sue joined the practice in 2017 after relocating to Norfolk from Bedford. She has 14 years district nursing experience and 2 years as a practice nurse prior to her move. Sue works across both sites and is competent in all aspects of practice nursing, including: wound management, child immunisations, travel assessments and associated immunisations, venepuncture and disease management such as diabetic and healthy heart reviews.


Practice Nurse

Julie qualified as a nurse in 2007 from the UEA and worked in various departments in the NNUH for 14 years – her previous role was Sister in Gynaecology.
Julie joined the surgery in Dec 2021 as a practice nurse and has since become respiratory nurse for the surgery as well as undertaking other practice nurse duties.


Practice Nurse

Emily joined the practice in 2020 after relocating to Norfolk from Hertfordshire. She qualified as a nurse in 2017 and spent her first 3 years as a community nurse and the last year as senior community nurse/ team manager in Hertfordshire. Emily works across both sites and is competent in most aspects of practice nursing, including: wound management, child and adult immunisations, venepuncture and disease management such as diabetic and healthy heart reviews.


Registered Nursing Associate

Elise joined the practice in 2001 as a healthcare assistant and has now qualified as a Registered Nursing Associate. Elise’s clinics are held at Stalham Green Surgery all day on Monday and Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Appointments can be booked for blood tests, warfarin monitoring and dosing, blood pressure monitoring, spirometry, new patient checks, NHS health checks, annual health checks including diabetic reviews, suture removal, dressings, ECGs, contraception and HRT reviews, and vaccinations.

Practice Team

Laura Holder

Practice Manager

Laura has been the Practice Manager here since March 2013, having previously had a career in Operations Management. Laura has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the practice, the team, finance, health & safety, information governance, Care Quality Commission and communications. Laura chairs our Patient Participation Group and also represents the Practice at external meetings such as Primary Care Network, Clinical Commissioning Group and Integrated Care System.
Laura welcomes any concerns, complaints or suggestions that you have and you may contact her on 01692 677 031 or  [email protected].

Angela Taverner

Office Manager

Angie joined the surgery in April 2015. She organises and supervises the staff in both surgeries ensuring the level of cover and service provided is in line with or above our patient expectations. She comes from a management career in the retail industry having over 30 years in various managerial positions, one of those being customer services which she held for over 11 years. She is also a qualified associate in CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development).

Megan Buck

Assistant Practice Manager

Megan started at the surgery as an apprentice dispenser in July 2014. After completing her Level 2 Dispensing qualification, Megan then stayed at the practice as a qualified dispenser before progressing into a Senior dispenser post a few years after. In September 2021, Megan took on the role of IT & Administration Manager before progressing into her current role as Assistant Practice Manager.
Some of Megan’s duties include managing IT & clinical systems, phone systems, coordinating Covid & Flu vaccinations, dealing with patient feedback and complaints, significant event lead alongside many other responsibilities.

Lorna Horne

Clinical Data Manager

Lorna Horne has worked in general practice for over 25 years, starting as a receptionist, trained as a phlebotomist, experience in dispensary, and then moved into administration which includes summarising of patient records and working alongside the practice manager on QOF (Quality of Framework) which consists of making sure our patients have their health checks in relation of their medication. Lorna also is involved and chairs internal and external meetings and the line manager for the nursing and PA team.

Community Team

Community Midwife

The Broadland Team of Midwives cover midwifery care for Ludham and Stalham Green Surgery. The named midwife for the surgeries is Karen Battersby and clinics are held on Tuesday afternoons from 14:00pm.

Patients have a choice of two hospitals of where they can have their baby; either the Norfolk and Norwich or James Paget. Tracey and her team will arrange which hospital expecting mothers wish to attend.

Home deliveries can also be arranged for mothers through the midwife team.
Our team also offers antenatal classes. These classes are for women with their birth partner. Subjects covered in the classes include labour and birth, feeding a new baby and life with a new baby.

On Tuesday mornings at the maternity suite our team’s maternity care assistant holds a class on baby bathing and baby care. We also hold antenatal classes for those who have had babies before but feel they need a refresher.

If you would like to attend classes leave your name, due date and contact phone number on our office answerphone on 01603 777928 and one of us will call to make the booking.

Midwives care for mothers and babies normally up to a maximum of 28 days. Our care/support is focused on preventing health problems. Mothers and babies are discharged into the care of their surgery’s health visitor between 10 and 28 days. If we detect health problems in mothers or babies, midwives refer to the appropriate healthcare professional.

A midwife can be contacted via medicom 01603 481222 for out of hours care if needed. In an emergency, please call 999.

Smoking Cessation

We also offer patients a chance to help stop smoking. James is a specialist advisor with the Norfolk Stop Smoking Team and holds a weekly clinic at Stalham Green Surgery on a Tuesday afternoon.

This has so far been very successful treatment offered by the NHS, which combines medication support (all products are on prescription) with personal support to make the changes needed.

This combination make it four times more likely that patients will quit and stay quit. To access this service, please request an appointment.


We have a dietitian, Dawn, who runs two clinics a month for Ludham and Stalham Green Surgeries. One clinic is held at each site per month.

Ludham Clinic is held on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month and Stalham Green’s clinic is the third Monday afternoon each month.

Referrals are made mainly by the GP, practice nurse or may be made by a consultant following treatment from the hospital.

Dawn will advise people of their diet related to their medical condition for example for diabetes, heart problems, allergies and intolerances and gastrointestinal problems such as Crohns or coelilac disease.

Dawn will also advise people on their weight and may also see people for nutritional support. This involves adapting their diet in terms of texture and/or increasing their calorie and protein intake to help them maintain or gain weight, for example after a stroke or in neurological conditions such as Parkinsons.

Dawn will also visit people in their own homes if they are not able to attend clinics and also provides a service to nursing and residential homes in the area.