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Trust to Celebrate International Clinical Trials Day

Newsdate: 16 May 2016

International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the first ever clinical trial carried out by James Lind aboard the HMS Salisbury.  This year, 20 May, marks the 269th anniversary of Lind’s first clinical trial.

This trial was used to compare different methods of treating scurvy; a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. The success of this and Lind’s successive trials paved the way for clinical research as we know it today.

This day provides a great reminder of how important clinical research is in healthcare.

The Trust will be celebrating Clinical Trials Day by holding promotional stands across all four sites. We hope the information stands will engage patients and visitors in our research successes, and highlight the benefits involvement, engagement and participation in research can bring.

Four years ago, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) launched its ‘OK to Ask’ campaign. OK to Ask aims to encourage more patients and carers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or their loved ones, if they have a medical condition they are receiving treatment for. That essentially it is “OK to ask” about research opportunities.

WWL are once again supporting the campaign, asking patients and carers to reach out and be identified for existing and future studies being carried out by the Trust.

Without the continued support and cooperation of the public, clinical research in the NHS would not take place. We welcome you to visit the information stalls at our hospitals, where you will have a chance to talk directly to research staff and learn more about ways you can get involved in clinical research.

If you would like more information on our clinical trials programme please contact Diane Heaton or Joanne Farnworth on 01257  256593.