Over 500 People Register For Preston Clinical Trials

Over 500 people have applied to take part in a new trial which aims to find ways to treat COVID-19 in Royal Preston Hospital.

Many hospitals across the UK are running clinical trials relating to the Coronavirus, with Lancashire Teaching Hospital asking people to come forward several weeks ago.

The trials attempt to help scientists and doctors understand why certain people contract the virus, what symptoms they display and how the virus affects different people.

Head of research and innovation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Paul Brown, said: “Developing these trials involves tremendous effort from the staff in research and the hospital, as well as our colleagues at the University of Central Lancashire, whose expertise has been brilliant.

“It is a fantastic collaborative effort and really brings home the importance of research in medicine and how it can save lives, not just in times like these, but every day.”

The research team gathers essential information on symptoms in women during pregnancy, patients undergoing general surgery and patients with cancer.

Clinical team lead matron for research, Nichola Verstraelen, said: “Our team of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals has quickly set up systems to offer these trials to all patients that are diagnosed with Covid-19. Alongside our clinical colleagues caring for patients, the research nurse/midwife and AHP teams are working around the clock to find out how this virus works and how best to treat it.”

Intensivist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Dr Shond Laha, said: “These are excellent opportunities to find the best treatments to improve outcomes. These trials are designed to identify interventions that appear to be working well and recruit more patients, giving us robust information on outcomes and side effects.”

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