Dozens of homeless people are expected to benefit from extra specialist health services.

A project offering care and support to people without a home in Brighton and Hove has been so successful organisers have decided to expand it.

More than 650 people have been treated since the scheme was set up last year.

It is run by St John Ambulance and based at a converted mobile home near the Peace Statue on the seafront.

A team of trained nurses and a podiatrist go out on to the city streets to offer help with health problems.

Podiatrist Katie Glennon treats a range of conditions such as severe ulcers, fungal infections and verrucas.

Some homeless people have alcohol and drug addictions which can affect circulation and lead to problems with the feet.

The service also has a close link with GP Chris Sergeant, who works at the Morley Street Surgery in Brighton and specialises in the treatment of health problems specific to the homeless.

The team originally only went out every Thursday evening but demand has been so high they are now going out every other Wednesday night as well.

A spokesman for St John Ambulance said volunteers were providing a vital service.

He said: "It is not just about treating people's conditions as volunteers also give out advice on what else is available in the city.

"We can tell people about day centres or about the Terrence Higgins Trust or drugs advice agencies that are in the city."

The service usually sees about nine to 12 people during each session who are offered tea and supplies, such as scarves and woollen hats.

It deals with people who are sleeping on the streets or who are in hostel accommodation.

The team is looking for trained nurses to join the scheme who can spare a few hours a month. For more details, call 01273 689347.