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Patients encouraged to take part in clinical research

Published 20/05/2013

Patients in Derby are being urged to get behind a new campaign called ‘It’s OK to ask’, encouraging them to ask their doctor how they can get involved in clinical research studies as part of National Clinical Trials Day.

At Derby Hospitals more than 330 research studies are currently underway across the whole Trust, and patients are encouraged to ask their consultant what trials/research studies are available to them. Last year 2,402 Derby Hospitals’ patients agreed to take part in clinical trials.

One successful research study has led to the introduction of a specialist inpatient unit for Parkinson’s patients who need to come into hospital in Derby.

Charlotte Downes, lead nurse for Parkinson’s, said: “This study was in two parts. Firstly, we looked at the inpatient experience of 20 Parkinson’s patients. As well as looking at their treatment we looked at the timing of their medication and their overall experience. The study highlighted the need for Parkinson’s patient to have their medication to suit them rather than at a set time. It also showed that it would be more beneficial to have the Parkinson’s patients on one dedicated ward where doctors and nurses had been specially trained. The second study, involving patients on a dedicated unit, showed high levels of patient satisfaction and resulted in less readmissions into hospital.”

The Derby study will be presented to the World Parkinson’s Congress in Montreal, Canada, in October by award winning consultant, Dr Rob Skelly, consultant in Parkinson’s and his team.

Dr Teresa Grieve, Assistant Director of Research & Development at Derby Hospitals, said “Over the last 15 years, the Trust has been developing a research culture which has bought a host of benefits for patients and doctors with better and more cost-effective treatments. That’s why during the whole of this year Derby Hospitals will be promoting the fact that ‘It’s OK to ask’ about clinical research. We want everybody to get involved - patients, medical professionals and the public - to support this campaign.”


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Email: liz.smith21@nhs.net   

Tel: 01332 785778

Last Modified 20/05/2013