Could you take part in a clinical trial?
20 May 2013
Patients at Southend University Hospital are being asked to consider taking part in clinical trials being run by doctors and nurses.
Monday May 20 is International Clinical Trials Day and at
Southend sees the launch of a new video for patients aimed at
encouraging them to ask their hospital doctor if they can
participate in an appropriate trial.
The video will be on the hospital website and will be sent via
email link to the hospital's 3,000-plus staff. All hospital
outpatient appointment letters will soon also include similar
The man spearheading the drive is Prof Bhaskar Dasgupta. The
consultant rheumatologist and clinical director of research and
development at the hospital said: "Research is at the very heart of
"It contributes to better patient care, it enables us to attract
even more higher-quality clinicians to come and work here.
"Patients may not benefit directly from taking part in trials.
But for many, they have the reassurance of having one-to-one care
and access to scans, blood tests, regular check-ups and so on.
"Their participation is never wasted and patients know
they will be helping out future generations."
The video features four patients who have taken part in trials
for a variety of conditions, as well as interviews with clinicians
and research nurses involved in their care, some of whom are
SouthendHospitalhas an excellent reputation for research. Last
October, for example, it won a £3,000 cash prize - the Constance
Thornton Fellowship 2012 - for the work it's been doing to improve
treatment for patients with stiff and painful shoulder joints.
Its stroke unit regularly wins accolades for the work it is
doing to minimise the devastating effects of the condition, and is
one of the best recruiting hospitals in the country for stroke
Want to find out more? Please call research and development
manager Dr Craig Mackerness on 01702 385089,