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People encouraged to talk to Northumbria about clinical trials

Friday, 15 May, 2015
People encouraged to talk to Northumbria about clinical trials

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to talk to them about clinical trials to mark International Clinical Trials Day on Wednesday 20 May. 

The trust’s research nurses will be available in the main receptions of its general hospitals at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday.

On the day, the trust will back the National Institute for Health Research campaign – it’s ‘Ok to ask’. This campaign encourages patients and carers to ask health professions about clinical trials to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in appropriate trials.

Clinical trials and other research are used to assess the effectiveness of medicines and treatments so the NHS can offer the very best treatments available to patients.

Prof Richard Walker, clinical director of research and development at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We would encourage people who have an interest in research to come along and speak to us on Wednesday to find out more.

“Anyone, regardless of whether they are currently a patient of ours, can find out more about the clinical trials we have on-going and can be considered for participation if they are suitable.

“It’s important to us that everyone who wants to be offered the opportunity to take part in trials has the opportunity to do so. Trials can benefit patients and they also help us develop medicines for the future.

“If people are not able to participate now, we’re happy to take their details and contact them should any trials come up in the future that we think may be suitable.”

Anyone who would like to find out more but can’t make it along to Hexham, North Tyneside or Wansbeck general hospitals on Wednesday  can contact the Northumbria research nurses on 0191 293 4087.

Northumbria Healthcare carries out a broad range of studies in specialty areas including cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, orthopaedics, rheumatology, critical care, obstetrics and gynaecology, upper and lower gastrointestinal medicine and surgery and respiratory medicine.

The number of patients taking part in clinical studies at the trust continues to rise with almost 2,000 recruited in the last year, an increase of 57% on the previous 12 months.