Date of release: Wednesday 20th May, 2015
Over fifty specialist staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) celebrated International Clinical Trials Day (May 20th) by marking the Trust’s contribution to medical science through its extensive research and development programme.
In 2013/14 more than 3,000 patients at the Trust took park in clinical trials which provide evidence on whether or not new treatments should be made available on the NHS. In April 2014 RWT also become one of 15 Trusts across the UK selected to host a prestigious National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network.
Nearly 200 research studies are taking place across a wide range of services at New Cross and Cannock Chase Hospitals, including trials testing ground-breaking treatments for cancer, heart and lung disease, rheumatology, skin conditions, stroke and much more.
It means patients attending the Trust may be offered pioneering trial treatments as an option, even though they are not available as standard across the NHS.
Prof James Cotton, Trust R&D Director said: "At The Royal Wolverhampton Trust we are committed to medical research being fully integrated within our clinical care pathways, giving our patients the opportunity to have access to the very highest standard of care.
“We have a number of very research active areas and a dedicated research team to facilitate the studies.
“It is well known that patients involved in clinical trials often have better clinical outcomes."
The Trust’s R&D Directorate Manager Sarah Glover said: “The teams upporting the trials are experienced, skilled and committed professionals who run a large number of clinical trials, many of them commercial activities in partnership with major pharmaceutical suppliers.
“These really are cutting edge studies which mean some of our patients will be offered access to treatments they could not possibly receive as standard in the NHS.
“We are tremendously proud of what is being achieved here and the contribution our team and the patients we engage are making to medical advances.
“That’s why over 50 of the team got together at the Heart & Lung Centre to mark International Clinical Trials Day.”
Each year, thousands of patients are screened for eligibility to take part in research being undertaken at the Trust.
To find out more about the research being undertaken at the Trust please contact the Trusts R&D department, rwh-tr.RandDpatientenquires@nhs.net
Pictured: Members of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust R&D Directorate celebrate International Clinical Trials Day at New Cross Hospital