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Clinical coronavirus trials at Royal Preston Hospital see hundreds sign up

Posted on - 16th May, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Health, Preston News, Sharoe Green
Blood tests taken during a clinical trial Pic: Pixabay
Blood tests taken during a clinical trial Pic: Pixabay

Trials to find ways to treat Covid-19 at Royal Preston Hospital have seen more than 500 patients come forward to take part.

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Lancashire Teaching Hispitals is one of many hospitals across the UK running clinical trials in relation to coronavirus.

Information from the tests helps to understand why certain people contract the virus, what symptoms they display and how the virus affects different people.

Head of research and innovation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Paul Brown, said: “Developing these trials involves tremendous effort from the staff in research and the hospital, as well as our colleagues at the University of Central Lancashire, whose expertise has been brilliant.

“It is a fantastic collaborative effort and really brings home the importance of research in medicine and how it can save lives, not just in times like these, but every day.”

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The research team gathers essential information on symptoms in women during pregnancy, patients undergoing general surgery and patients with cancer.

Clinical team lead matron for research, Nichola Verstraelen, said: “Our team of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals has quickly set up systems to offer these trials to all patients that are diagnosed with Covid-19. Alongside our clinical colleagues caring for patients, the research nurse/midwife and AHP teams are working around the clock to find out how this virus works and how best to treat it.”

Intensivist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Dr Shond Laha, said: “These are excellent opportunities to find the best treatments to improve outcomes. These trials are designed to identify interventions that appear to be working well and recruit more patients, giving us robust information on outcomes and side effects.”

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All trials undertaken at Preston help to inform the the National Institute for Health Research.

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