GP Zone

On holiday in Cornwall?

Forgot your medication?

Pharmacists can arrange an emergency supply of medicines if you forget to renew your prescription or bring your medication on holiday, even if you don’t live in Cornwall.

Need to see a GP?

If you’re on holiday, please call NHS 111 if you need to see a GP or dentist. You can also ask a GP to register you as a temporary resident if you’re staying for up to three months. Find details of your nearest GP at www.nhs.uk.

Beach safety

Around half the people who die at the coast slip, trip or fall into the water. If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

When you’re heading to a beach, visit a lifeguarded beach. On a lifeguarded beach there are trained professionals to help keep you safe - they’ll be on hand if something goes wrong, in or out of the water.

If you spot someone in trouble and have something that floats or they can hold onto throw it to them. Don’t enter the water - too many people die trying to save others.

If you’ve been drinking alcohol, keep safe and don’t go in the water. For more beach safety advice visit www.beachwise.uk.

Coastal walking

The coasts of Cornwall are beautiful and wild – and there to be explored. Coastal walking is a very safe activity most of the time, but it’s important to be aware of the risks.

  • Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside. Slips and falls happen in all locations; it is not just high cliff edges that are a risk.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Always take a means of calling for help.
  • Keep dogs on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges. If they go into the water, don’t go after them. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Sun safety

Sunburn can ruin your holiday and increase the risk of skin cancer in later life. So please, keep safe this summer and follow the five Ss of sun safety:

  • Sunscreen: slop on SPF 30+ broad-spectrum waterproof sunscreen every two hours.
  • Sun hat: slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears and keep children covered up.
  • Sunglasses: wear wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection 
  • Shoulders: slip on a T-shirt or UV protective suit for children and keep shoulders covered.
  • Shade: seek shade, particularly from 11am to 3pm when UV rays are at their strongest.