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.
Anyone who is either on holiday, or visiting from another part of the country is asked to call their own GP, and not the one closest to where they’re staying in Cornwall, if they need non-urgent advice.
For people who need urgent – but not emergency – medical care when their own GP is not open, and don’t think they can wait, there is just one number to remember – 111. Visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111, at any time day or night.
Please do not turn up at the minor injuries units (MIU) or urgent treatment centres (UTC) without contacting 111 first. If, after contacting 111, you need to attend an MIU or UTC, you will be given an arrival time, which will help everyone continue to follow government guidance, maintain distance and keep people safe while COVID continues to circulate.
Anyone with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries should dial 999.
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 the Beachwise website.
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.
If you’re in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
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.