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Wind Street medical center saves NHS and Welsh Ambulance Service thousands of pounds a night

The new medical center is easing the pressure on A&E in Swansea Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A permanent medical center to treat intoxicated revelers in Swansea is saving the NHS and Welsh Ambulance Service thousands of pounds a night.

The facility, located just off Wind Street, has treated 230 people since it opened in September.

It's aim is to cut down on the amount of admissions to A&E at Morriston Hospital as well as ease the work load of paramedics in the city on busy student nights and weekends.

It's manned by volunteers from the St John Ambulance and costs £600 a night to run; a single admission to A&E costs £800 before any treatment is given.

South Wales Police figures show the center avoided 16 unnecessary ambulance journeys on its first night while 185 call outs have been prevented in total.

It's helped us greatly. It's allowed us to release our resources to the patients in our community that vitally need us.

A high percentage of the people treated here are treated for minor injuries and don't actually need to attend emergency departments when previously they had been.

– Louise Platt, Head of Ambulance Service of ABMU Health Board