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News ReleaseANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW OXYGEN SERVICE FOR WALES: RESPONSE FROM AIR PRODUCTS MEDICAL

June 07, 2005 Hersham, U.K.

The Welsh Assembly Government has today announced that Air Products Medical has won the contract to provide the new home oxygen therapy services (HOTS) for Wales. This follows a competitive tendering process run by the Department of Health on behalf of Wales and England.

Welcoming the Welsh Assembly Government's decision, Colin Smith, the General Manager for Air Products Medical in the UK, said:

"Air Products Medical has been serving oxygen patients in Wales since 1992 (CHECK) and is delighted to be playing a key role in this new and improved home oxygen service.

Our oxygen patients deserve access to the best possible care and treatment. After working closely with the Welsh Assembly Government and the NHS, we know that patients will find the new service much more convenient; it will provide them with the latest technology, with a higher standard of care and, most importantly, an improved quality of life.

At Air Products Medical, we are committed to our patients. Our immediate focus therefore will be to ensure that patients receive continuity of care during the change to the new service and that they experience the benefits as quickly as possible."

Note to the Editor:

About Air Products
Air Products Medical is among the world's leading respiratory care specialists, providing services for 400,000 patients in fourteen countries. Services range from early discharge programmes for respiratory patients to comprehensive support for homecare patients and innovative oxygen supply systems.

In planning for this new service Air Products Medical consulted many of its patients through regular patient forums, giving patients an early opportunity to learn about the new oxygen service, raise issues about the equipment and how it would be delivered. This feedback was shared with health professionals, NHS management and the Welsh Assembly Government. Air Products is committed to continuing this essential dialogue with patients as the new service is introduced.

Air Products is unique in operating a complete range of oxygen supply activities within Wales – from building oxygen manufacturing plants to filling oxygen cylinders to supplying the complete service to every patients home.

Air Products Medical has also won the contracts to supply oxygen in 6 of the 10 English regions – North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, North London and the South West.

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