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PATIENT NOTICE

Retirement of Dr Diana Wielink

As many of you may be aware, Dr Wielink has been off work since April 2018 due to a serious illness.   It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Dr Wielink has decided to retire from Wallingbrook, earlier than planned, due to her on-going health issues.

Dr Wielink joined Chulmleigh Health Centre in 1994 and has seen the group through many changes. Over the last 24 years Dr Wielink has made an immense contribution to the practice; she has been passionate about rural healthcare and instrumental in shaping and expanding the service, including the opening of the new practice in 2003. Dr Wielink has always been a true patient advocate and we know her patients will be devastated with this news.

We all send her our very best wishes for the future and that she takes this time to rest and recover.

We will be reallocating Dr Wielink’s patient list over the next month.

Please DO NOT ring up just to find out who your GP is.  We request that you ask the Patient Services Team when you next contact the surgery.

We would like to thank Dr Wielink’s patients for their understanding during this period.

Extended Opening Hours - 1 October 2018

As of 1 October 2018 Wallingbrook Health Group will be extending their opening hours .

Chulmleigh Reception will now open from 8.00am to 6.30pm, the telephone lines will be open from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

Chulmleigh Dispensary will be open from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

*Please note: Chulmleigh Dispensary will be closed on the 3rd Monday of each month between 1.00pm and 2.00pm for staff training.

Winkleigh Surgery opening hours remain as 8.30am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 6.00pm

 

 

Home Visits

Doctor's bag

The medical team covers a very rural area of about 100 square miles from Burrington in the North to Lapford in the South, Dolton in the West to Worlington in the East.

We care for over 6700 patients, 28% of whom are over 65. We think you will find that people who live in this area are friendly and welcoming, there are good neighbourhood support networks and there is a tradition of people helping each other out.

We hope that newcomers will want to continue this pattern and in an area where public transport is limited it is important that disabled and elderly residents can count on support from their neighbours and friends. We have over the years worked to provide a high standard of healthcare to this population and have been helped by the considerate attitude of our patients who appreciate that coming into the surgery when they are ill and avoiding the request for a home visit then we can save a huge amount of time (many visits take an hour door to door and in that time we can see up to 6 patients in the surgery).

The doctors and nursing team will willingly visit the truly housebound and terminally ill at home but we hope that those who can go to the dentist, hairdresser or optician will also come to see us. It is possible for patients to lie down in a side room while they wait to see a doctor or nurse or alternatively we can advise over the telephone without seeing you face to face for many problems.

In some areas there is a voluntary car scheme available to patients - Click Here for more information.

When the patient is not well enough to travel to the surgery, a request for a visit on the same day should be made before 11:00am, except in an emergency. Most common childhood ailments should be dealt with in the surgery and do not require a home visit.

If you can come to the surgery, but are feeling very unwell, please tell the patient service team who will see you are not kept waiting too long.

 
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