A total of 31 beaches will see the nursing services in place until 15 September “to ensure the health of visitors in the areas and then to refer patients to the relevant health service if required” said the Regional Health Administration (ARS).

The project, which has come into effect as a result of a partnership between the ARS and the Algarve and Portuguese Red Cross, will allow for the treatment of minor problems on the beaches including sunstroke, stings and bites and minor abrasions.

The service is hoped to also provide smoother communication from the beach to emergency services in serious cases.

Until 14 July, the beach health clinics will be open from 10am until 6pm with this then being extended for the rest of the season to being between 10am and 7pm until 1 September and reducing again from 2 until 15 September.

Beaches involved in the projects are Odeceixe, Praia de Monte Clérgio, Mareta, Salema, Praia da Luz, Porto Mós, Alvor, Vau, Praia da Rocha, Armaçao de Pêra, Praia Grande (Ferragudo), Galé, Praia das Belharucas, Praia da Falésia, Rocha Baixinha, Praia do Ancão, Vilamoura, Quarteira, Ilha de Faro, Ilha Culatra, Ilha Farol, Ilha Armona, Ilha Fuseta, Barrril, Ilha de Tavira, Praia de Cabanas, Altura, Praia Verde, Praia do Cabeço, Manta Rota and Monte Gordo.