“Lord Warner, Health Minister, officially opens the NHS Walk-In Centre managed by Atos Origin at Canary Wharf”
London, 12 June 2006
Providing Patients with Convenient Access to Primary Healthcare Services without the need for an appointment
The Canary Wharf NHS Walk-In Centre, set up and run by Atos Origin on behalf of the NHS, was officially opened today by Lord Warner, Health Minister. The Canary Wharf NHS Walk-in Centre is the second to be managed by Atos Origin, a leading IT services company and a major provider of managed medical services and occupational health, and has been open since 21 April 2006.
The Canary Wharf NHS Walk-In Centre, located close to Canary Wharf tube station and the South Quay Docklands Light Railway station, has been set up to provide additional primary care access to commuters as well as the local residential community. It will be open from 7am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday and will offer a range of services, including treatment for minor injuries and ailments and health promotion advice. The service will be led by experienced nurse practitioners, with a GP also on-site throughout the day.
"The public has told us that they want faster, more convenient NHS services,” said Health Minister, Lord Warner. “Many banks and supermarkets are now open round the clock and the NHS needs to move to match people's expectations for extended opening hours.
"New commuter centres, such as this one at Canary Wharf, are a step towards meeting the needs of today's NHS patients, as they will offer advice and treatment outside of GPs' traditional opening times, right on the doorstep of many people's workplace.
"No doubt there will be people suffering from aches and pains after the Canary Wharf fun-run last week. This new NHS walk-in centre will allow them to get the treatment they need at a time that best suits their busy lives."
Atos Origin is responsible for managing the centre on behalf of the NHS, including the identification, acquisition and refurbishment of the site, recruitment of healthcare professionals and the day-to-day running of the service.
“Following on from the success of the Manchester Walk-In Centre which opened in November 2005, the opening of the Canary Wharf Walk-In Centre confirms our position as one of the leading healthcare providers in the UK today,” said Simon Chipperfield, senior vice president, Medical Services, Atos Origin. “Located in the heart of a busy business centre, we will provide patients with convenient access to primary healthcare services without the need for an appointment and so complement existing GP practices and other NHS facilities in the area.”
The first Centre opened by the Rt Hon Liam Byrn and managed by Atos Origin, is located at Manchester Piccadilly and in the first six months, nearly 9,000 patients have been seen.
Atos Origin is a unique service provider to the UK healthcare sector providing occupational health, primary care, capability assessment and diagnostic services to more than two million people each year and making a positive difference to the wellbeing of UK citizens and organisations. The company is also delivering consulting and IT programmes at the heart of modernising health service to increase patient choice and so improves the patient experience.
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 EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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