On holiday in cornwall?

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during your visit to Cornwall, it’s important that you act quickly to help yourself and protect those around you. If you have symptoms, stay indoors and self-isolate and arrange a test using your holiday address. Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)If you have coronavirus symptoms and need medical help for any reason, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss/change in sense of smell or taste), use the 111 coronavirus service.

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.

You can also order a prescription online. Find out more about ordering a prescription online.

Need to see a GP?

If you’re on holiday in Cornwall and need to see a doctor, please contact your own GP practice. Practices up and down the country are offering video appointments which mean we can see patients safely and quickly during the pandemic.

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 life guarded beach. On a life guarded 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’s 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.

If you’re in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Read more coastal walking safety tips.

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 S’s of sun safety.

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