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Toilets used as medical centres

The temporary medical centre in Wolverhampton
The idea is to take pressure off the ambulance service

Public toilets in Wolverhampton are being turned into a temporary medical centre as part of a campaign to keep Christmas revellers safe.

Organisers of the Keep It Safe project said the conveniences, on the corner of Queen Square and Victoria Street, will treat minor injuries.

The medical centre will be set up at weekends and will also be a place where people can arrange lifts home.

The idea is to reduce the pressure on the ambulance service.

Taxi numbers

Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust, along with police and the city council, has also arranged that some town centre roads will close to traffic between midnight at 0400 GMT on Friday and Saturday night.

Police will increase patrols of the town centre and volunteer 'street pastors' will provide advice and support for those who may need it.

Bluetooth messaging will also be used to send taxi numbers to the mobile phones of people in the area.

Organiser Ros Jervis said the aim was to promote Wolverhampton as a fun but safe place to celebrate Christmas.



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