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Southend University Hospital named top UK patient recruiter for global heart study

04 March 2016

Health Care

The clinical research team at Southend University Hospital have been taking part in a global study aimed at improving the treatment of patients with heart rhythm disturbances.

The early treatment of atrial fibrillation for stroke prevention trial (EAST) is being conducted across hospitals in the UK, Europe and America and looks at improving the way that patients with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disturbance, are treated.

For the past 3 months, the team has received the impressive accolade of being named top patient recruiter in the UK for the EAST trial.

Consultant cardiologist, Dr Thuraia Nageh, who is leading the clinical research unit at Southend Hospital, said: "The outcome of clinical trials is essential in providing us with robust information on how to best treat our patients.

"In the cardiology department, we make it a priority to engage in clinical research that is relevant to our patient population and the heart conditions that we see in our everyday working practice.

The EAST study is one of many trials that the team are currently participating in. Other trials look at a whole variety of cardiac conditions including arrhythmias, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

Dr Nageh added: "We are fortunate that our staff and patients see the relevance and appreciate the value of research in helping us to deliver the best quality of clinical care.

"In addition to establishing our dedicated research team, my goal has always been to engage our doctors and nurses in research activity and recruitment as part of our daily, routine clinical practice. I am very proud of the team as a whole and of their fantastic achievements!"

If you are a patient or carer and would like to find out about upcoming research trials please contact the research and development team on 01702 385089 or email craig.mackerness@southend.nhs.uk.

PHOTO: Dr Thuraia Nageh (far left) and members of her research team