Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Clinic for Drunks to Be Closed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Clinic for Drunks to Be Closed

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Byline: By Craig Thompson

A booze clinic for late night revellers too drunk to get home has been relocated to an historic Tyneside church ( before being axed.

The all-night medical centre opens at 8pm tomorrow at St John the Baptist church hall, in Grainger Street, Newcastle.

It had been based at Newcastle's Guildhall but council chiefs say the hall is no longer available.

Residents living near the Guildhall, on Newcastle's Quayside, complained about the clinic being so close to their homes, as health chiefs revealed it is being phased out.

The Chronicle understands the centre, open on Friday and Saturday nights, will also open on New Year's Eve.

Father Neil Wilson, from St John's, said: "We believe this is a useful project and it's part of our duty to provide hospitality to those in need.

"We were asked if we would consider having it here and we're happy to do what we can to relieve pressure on hospitals."

The clinic, which has a capacity of 50, is treating an average of 20 people each weekend for minor alcohol-related injuries. …

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