Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus Update - COVID-19

Coronavirus Advice

For continually updated Coronavirus advice please visit: Coronavirus Update

For the latest government guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, click here

What to do if you fall ill with COVID-19 symptoms whilst staying away.


Germ Defence

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.

 It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes – just click on this link:

(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)

Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.

There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.

If you’d like to know more:

  • Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
  • People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses – and so did the people they lived wi
  • Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
  • Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter

Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here

Patient Update - 17/07/2020

Advice on patients wearing face coverings in our GP practice.

 We ask that when possible patients please apply a face covering before entering the surgery and dispensary.

There is also guidance online on how to make a facemask at home with items you may already own, or you can simply use a scarf.

Patient Update - 08/07/2020

Following the Governments latest advice, we will continue to protect our patient community with the existing measures the practice implemented in March 2020.

We will continue to provide routine care via the eConsult service; using telephone, video and online consultations to minimise face to face contact where appropriate thus reducing infection risk as much as possible.


  • Both Chulmleigh and Winkleigh opening times remain the same.
  • Patients will not gain entry unless a pre-booked appointment has been made. To gain access for pre-booked appointments; please knock on the door.
  • To organise an appointment, please use the eConsult service which is accessible via our website –, or telephone the surgery on 01769 580295.
  • Wallingbrook team will continue to wear PPE to protect both the patients and the staff.  Stringent infection control measures will remain in place.
  • High risk patients who are shielding will be offered to attend blood test appointments at a seperate clinic.
  • We will start to reintroduce our Month of Birth process, and will be limit the number of face to face contact patients have with a clinician by providing telephone and video consultations where possible. 

Collecting prescriptions

  • Both Chulmleigh and Winkleigh sites are open for the collection of prescriptions.   We kindly ask that patients queue 2 metres apart to maintain social distancing. Chulmleigh opning hours are 8.30am to 6.30pm, Winkleigh opening hours are 8.30 to 1pm, 2pm to 6pm.

These measures have been taken to protect the patients and staff in an attempt to maintain services delivered to our community.

Thank you for your understanding.



At yesterday’s Downing Street briefing, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said the government is relaxing advice to those shielding in two stages, as the latest scientific evidence shows that chance of encountering coronavirus in the community has continued to decline.

Please read the attached documents for both clinical and support offers for those currently on a shielding programme.

Shielding Update

Coronavirus FAQ's - what you can and can't do

On Monday 1 June 2020 the government updated its plan to return life to near as normal as we can, for as many people as they can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS.

To find out what you can and can't do please go to


Isolation Notes

Isolation notes can be requested through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user. If you don’t have an email address, you can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to your employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.

For further guidance


Useful Information - Parish Support Groups & Support Groups & Resources in Devon

Please click here:   Your Parish Support Group Information & Contact List

Please click here:  List of Support & Resources in Devon