Pharmacists reveal the top summer ailments and injuries ahead of the August bank holiday

Pharmacists have revealed the top summer ailments and injuries ahead of the August bank holiday.

Jellyfish stings that have inflicted blisters and a hand injury caused by an aggressive seagull are all among the list of most frequent reasons people have made a visit to their pharmacist this summer.

Claire Field, a pharmacist in Carbis Bay, said: “We’ve definitely seen more jellyfish rashes, stings and blisters than usual this summer – one or two a week."

Pharmacists have also seen beachgoers turning up with rashes caused by being on the sand and sea, insect bites, along with coughs and colds and pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis.

Claire added: “It’s usual for a pharmacist to see these sorts of rashes and bites during the summer and a lot of people will panic about it but they can usually be easily treated with over-the-counter remedies recommended by a pharmacist.

“Community pharmacies are a great first port of call if you're not sure where to go for help. Pharmacists are well trained to offer treatment and advice on a huge range of conditions. We tend to ask a lot of questions so that we can provide appropriate treatment or help us to spot any 'red flag symptoms which need to be urgently signposted elsewhere, we can then refer you to the most appropriate place."

They can give confidential expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, such as skin conditions like rashes and eczema, coughs, colds, sore throats and allergies, nappy rash, water infections in women and sticky eyes in adults and children.

Nick Kaye, a Newquay pharmacist, said: “On average it takes seven minutes from walking through the pharmacy door to seeing a pharmacist, which makes it one of the fastest way to access health care.

“Pharmacy teams are also encouraging anyone who takes regular medication for a condition to make sure they have asked their GP for a repeat prescription by today (Tuesday, 20 August) to make sure there’s enough time for medication to arrive ahead of the long weekend.”

Nick said: “Don’t worry if you have forgotten, as your pharmacist can arrange for you to get an emergency supply until you’ve spoken to your GP. This is also a service that we offer to people who don’t live in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and may be here on holiday or visiting friends and relatives and forgot to pack their medication. Just ask any pharmacist for more details.”

August Bank Holiday Monday pharmacy opening times

West Cornwall

  • Tesco pharmacy, Station Road, Carn Brae Industrial Estate: noon – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, High Street, St Ives: 8.30am – 8pm
  • Boots pharmacy, West Cornwall Shopping Park, Marsh Lane, Hayle: 8am – 8pm
  • Tesco pharmacy, Clodgey Lane, Helston: noon -4pm
  • Lloyds pharmacy, Sainsbury’s Eastern Green, Penzance: 9am – 5pm
  • Boots pharmacy, The Pharmacy, Fore Street, Porthleven: 10am – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Market Dew Street, Penzance: 10am  -4pm

Central Cornwall

  • Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Fowey: 10am – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Kingsley Village Shopping Park, Fraddon: 8am – 8pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Mevagissey: 10am – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Beach Road, Perranporth: 10am -4pm
  • Asda pharmacy, Cromwell Road, St Austell: 9am – 6pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, St Austell: 10am – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Pydar Street, Truro: 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Lloyds pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Treyew Road, Truro: 9am-5pm
  • Tesco pharmacy, Garras Wharf, Truro: noon – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Market Street, Falmouth: 10am – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Bank Street, Newquay: 10am – 4pm.

North and east Cornwall

  • Asda pharmacy, Launceston Road, Bodmin: 9am-6pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Belle Vue, Bude: 10am - 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Market Square, Camelford: 10am - 4pm 
  • Tesco pharmacy, Tavistock Road, Launceston: noon -4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Baytree Hill, Liskeard: 8.30am – 6pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Coach House Arcade, Fore Street: 10am -4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Market Street, Padstow: 9am – 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, Bath House, Fore Street, Tintagel: 10am - 4pm
  • Boots pharmacy, New Courthouse, The Platt, Wadebridge: 10am – 4pm.

For full details of opening times and contact details visit NHS England pharmacy opening hours