Clinics in a Chinese city are letting patients walk the streets while they have IV infusions to save bed space.

The move, in Zhijin town, Guizhou province, has reportedly proved popular with patients as it means they can go about their business.

The sight of patients doing their shopping while clutching their drips has become common in the town, reports China News Network.

“There are dozens of small clinics in town, and they are competing to give better service,” said one patient.

“The clinics are also happy, since they get more free space.”

After the infusion, patients have to take out the needles themselves.