Health tips for a safe summer in Essex

Please follow the guidance below to help you get the right care quickly if you feel ill or need urgent or emergency treatment.

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do:

  • Go to people aged 5 and over only)
  • Call 111
  • NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • If you’re deaf and want to use the phone service, you can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language service: NHS 111 (BSL) interpreter service or call 18001 111 on a textphone

Local pharmacists can help with a number of minor ailments such as:

  • Coughs, colds, sore throats, eye infections, hay fever, tummy troubles, aches and pains, constipation, diarrhoea, bites and stings, sunburn, blisters and minor cuts and grazes

You can find your nearest pharmacy on this website:

If you do not have internet access please ask your accommodation provider where the nearest pharmacy is.

Beach Patrol can give first aid. There are Beach Patrol stations in Clacton, Dovercourt, Frinton, Walton, Harwich and Brightlingsea. They can also provide wristbands for children, help find a missing child and give you water safety advice.

Colchester Lifesaving Club offers first aid at West Mersea Beach in Victoria Esplanade when there is a high tide between 11am and 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from the start of May to the end of October. The club’s Facebook page has more information.

Call 999 in a medical emergency when someone’s life is at risk. The coastguard can also be called via 999 if someone is in difficulty in the sea.

Remember to use sun cream and stay hydrated in hot weather.

Keep any prescription medication you might need with you. 

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