Safety hut that saves lives and cash to return

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A SCHEME estimated to have saved emergency services almost £4,000 is set to return for Christmas.

Milton Keynes City Centre Management‘s After8 Group will be erecting it’s Festive Safe Hut near the taxi pod at Xscape.

The voluntary initiative with St John aims to provide late night revellers with practical assistance in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. It will be in place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout Christmas and will be attended by volunteers.

Last year, the initiative helped save the life of one reveller suffering from a coronary.

In total, more than 200 people used the service. Minor issues, supporting and advising intoxicated people, were handled by the team and significantly relieved pressure on the emergency services.

In all 30 casualties were treated, six of which were sent to hospital and 24 were treated on site – an estimated saving of £1,800 on the ambulances that would otherwise have had to be called out. It is also estimated to have saved A&E about £2,160.

After8 will also be overseeing the return of the ‘PeePod’, an outdoor ‘toilet’ which was used during the World Cup earlier this year. It will be located near Airkix, by the Xscape building.