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Southend Stroke research leads the way in Essex

28 February 2019

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recently published their statistics for stroke research and the North Thames region has finished first out of 15 regions across England.

Within the North Thames region, Southend University Hospital has finished third among the top recruiting sites with the top two being University College London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

The NIHR Stroke Specialty is one of 30 Specialties which brings together clinical research expertise to provide high-quality stroke research studies in the NHS. This research is delivered through 15 Local Clinical Research Networks across England with a local lead for stroke research in each area. NIHR ensure that stroke studies receive the right support so that they are delivered successfully in the NHS.

Dr Paul Guyler, Lead Consultant in Stroke Medicine and Principal Investigator for the stroke clinical trials, said: "This would not be possible without the input from patients who kindly volunteer to participate in clinical research and also the excellent team work from our stroke research team: Sharon Tysoe, Raji Prabakaran and Dr Nisha Menon. The trials completed have already changed best clinical practice, and will continue to do so in the future for all patients to benefit from."