Hospital staff mark Clinical Trials Day
LIFE SAVING: (From left) Research nurses Sarah Balne and Louise Foster, research manager at Wexham Park Christine Hoyle, research nurse Louise Chandler, research manager at Frimley Melvyn Dunstall, and clinical trials coordinator Julie-Ann Sinclair STAFF at a hospital marked International Clinical Trials Day on Wednesday, May 20 with special stalls and games in the main reception areas.
Wexham Park hospital also raised awareness of the ‘Ok to Ask’ campaign, which is run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
During the day, teams provided an opportunity for staff, patients and visitors to find out more about clinical research and how they can get involved.
Frimley Park hospital, in Surrey, also took part in the day as they have more than 200 trials running, covering important issues such as diabetes, skin conditions, cancer and stroke.
The NIHR is calling on patients to take the initiative and ask their doctors about NHS research that they can take part in.
Research like this is crucial in helping the NHS learn more about how to deal with a whole range of medical conditions, and many of the life-saving treatments offered today could not have happened without the help of patients, their families and the support staff carrying out this special work.