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MS research recruitment a success at Southend Hospital

30 October 2017

Health Care

In 2014, the Neurology Department at Southend Hospital started recruiting patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) into research programmes for the first time.

Since then, the team have gone from strength to strength, recruiting more than 360 patients into studies.

The patients entering these studies become part of a network generating further research into MS and aiming to improve healthcare for people across the country and beyond who live with the condition.

Dr Chris Everett, Lead Consultant in Neurology explains: "Our Southend patients are joining a community of thousands of people across the UK who are actively taking a role in fighting this disease. I'm proud of how successful our research endeavours have been and how our consultants, nurse specialists and HCAs have come together to be able to provide these opportunities for our patients."

MS is not the only area of research in the Neurology Department as the team works closely with the memory clinic to deliver studies on Parkinson's Disease, dementia with Lewy Bodies and Alzheimer's Disease.

Research is essential to expand the knowledge and understanding of conditions like MS and Alzheimer's Disease, which leads to improvements in care and treatment for patients.

Helen Gush, Clinical Nurse Specialist for MS said: "By taking part in these research studies our patients are taking steps to improve MS care in the future for not just themselves, but for people all over the UK."