Last year, around 2,300 people took part in 150 different trials in a range of fields at Basildon University Hospital, including rheumatology, haematology, gastroenterology, neurology, respiratory medicine and pain.
The research and development (R&D) team want to spread the word about the benefits of research itself, and how taking part in studies can be a bonus for participants. To mark International Clinical trials day they are hosting a research information event on Monday 21 May. All are welcome to attend, from 12noon – 2pm in the social area of the education centre at Basildon Hospital.
Ashley Solieri, associate director, research and development, says: “There is increasing evidence to support the fact that patients attending a research active hospital have better outcomes – our aim is to be able to offer patients attending Basildon Hospital the opportunity to participate in a research study.”
Jean Bryne, senior clinical trials practitioner, says: “One advantage is that patients get additional quality time with nurses to ask questions and discuss issues about their condition they might think too trivial to talk to doctors about. They find that really valuable.
“And many people say they want to make things better for others who have the same condition as them.”
How to get involved in research
If you are a patient, you can ask your consultant or other clinical staff involved in your care if there are any research studies going on relevant to you.
You don’t have to be a patient. The hospital also needs healthy ‘controls’ for trials.
The R&D team also want to appoint a team of patient research ambassadors, who have taken part in research studies and are willing to promote the research from a participant’s point of view.
If you are interested in supporting research, please contact the R&D team on 01268 394673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org