Claire Field, a pharmacist in Carbis Bay, said: “We’ve definitely seen more jellyfish rashes, stings and blisters than usual this summer – 1 or 2 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: 2On average it takes 7 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
Tesco pharmacy, Station Road, Carn Brae Industrial Estate: 12pm to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, High Street, St Ives: 8.30am to 8pm
Boots pharmacy, West Cornwall Shopping Park, Marsh Lane, Hayle: 8am to 8pm
Tesco pharmacy, Clodgey Lane, Helston: 12pm to 4pm
Lloyds pharmacy, Sainsbury’s Eastern Green, Penzance: 9am to 5pm
Boots pharmacy, The Pharmacy, Fore Street, Porthleven: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Market Dew Street, Penzance: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Fowey: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Kingsley Village Shopping Park, Fraddon: 8am to 8pm
Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Mevagissey: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Beach Road, Perranporth: 10am to 4pm
Asda pharmacy, Cromwell Road, St Austell: 9am to 6pm
Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, St Austell: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Pydar Street, Truro: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Lloyds pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Treyew Road, Truro: 9am to 5pm
Tesco pharmacy, Garras Wharf, Truro: 12pm to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Market Street, Falmouth: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Bank Street, Newquay: 10am to 4pm.
North and east Cornwall
Asda pharmacy, Launceston Road, Bodmin: 9am to 6pm
Boots pharmacy, Belle Vue, Bude: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Market Square, Camelford: 10am to 4pm
Tesco pharmacy, Tavistock Road, Launceston: 12pm to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Baytree Hill, Liskeard: 8.30am to 6pm
Boots pharmacy, Coach House Arcade, Fore Street: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Market Street, Padstow: 9am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, Bath House, Fore Street, Tintagel: 10am to 4pm
Boots pharmacy, New Courthouse, The Platt, Wadebridge: 10am to 4pm.