“Manchester Piccadilly NHS Walk-In Centre to be Managed by Atos Origin”

London, 18 October 2005

Providing Patients with Convenient Access to Healthcare Services without the need for an appointment

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company and a major provider of managed medical services and occupational health, today announced that, it has been named provider by the Department of Health to deliver the first NHS Walk In Centre near Manchester Piccadilly railway station under a five-year contract, worth around £8 million. This NHS Walk-In Centre has been set up specifically to support commuters and it is the first to be managed by an independent company.

“We must do more to provide patients with access to good quality care outside of hospitals and here the independent sector can help,” said Health Minister Lord Warner. “There is a real demand for medical centres near busy stations. People want an NHS that allows them to choose how, where and when they are treated. The convenient location of this NHS walk-in centre will improve access for patients every day without the need for an appointment.”

Atos Origin is responsible for managing the centre including refurbishment of the site, recruitment of healthcare professionals and the day to day running of the service. The service will be led by experienced nurses, with a GP also on-site throughout the day.

This new phase of NHS Walk-In Centres are designed specifically to alleviate the pressure on existing NHS Primary Care Services where there is a large number of transient patients. This NHS Walk in Centre is located within a few minutes walk of Manchester Piccadilly. It will be open from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday and will offer services, including treatment for minor injuries and ailments and healthcare advice.

“Atos Origin is committed to expanding its presence in the healthcare sector following the significant growth over the last four years of its UK medical services business together with important contract wins with the NHS,” said Simon Chipperfield, vice president, Medical Services, Atos Origin. “We will use our knowledge and extensive experience to ensure we deliver a professional and high quality service to NHS patients.”

"The Walk-in Centre will be an important new health resource, not just for commuters, but also for the increasing number of people who are choosing to
live in the city centre. We have been impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of Atos Origin and look forward to our partnership with them,” said David King, Chief Executive of North Manchester Primary Care Trust.

Atos Origin has established a major presence as a provider of managed medical services and occupational health and today provides occupational health services to nearly half a million employees in the UK public sector. Customers include the Department for Work and Pensions, Royal Mail Group, HM Customs & Excise and the Department for Trade and Industry.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For further information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com