GWH encourages patients to ask about clinical trials

Posted: May 20, 2016

It's 'OK to Ask' to take part

OK to Ask logo 175To mark International Clinical Trials Day, patients, their families and carers are reminded to speak up and ask their nurse or doctor if there are any clinical trials or health research which they could take part in.
 
The Research and Innovation Team at the Great Western Hospital are supporting the National Institute of Health Research's 'Ok to Ask' campaign with an information stand at the hospital today (Friday 20 May) from 9.00am.

They will be on hand throughout the day to share information about the clinical trials available, other health research opportunities on offer and to answer questions.
 
Clinical research helps the NHS identify the best interventions and treatments for patients, which have the potential to improve the lives of those affected now, and in the future.

More volunteers are needed to take part in clinical research if this vital work is to continue.

There are currently over 100 trials taking place across Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in areas such as Rheumatology, Diabetes, Cardiology and Paediatrics and Cancer.

Suzannah Pegler, Lead Research Practitioner, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "People may not realise that we are a very active Trust in terms of research and innovation and there is lots going on behind the scenes.

"Getting involved in research brings a number of benefits including early access to new treatments and helping better treatments become available on the NHS.

"If you are a patient with us and are interested in taking part in clinical trials or other health research, please let your nurse or doctor know.

"We will find out if there is anything you could be involved with and talk you through the options."

In the last 10 years, 225,000 people in the West of England are estimated to have taken part in clinical research supported by the National Institute of Health Research, the research arm of the NHS. 

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