Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened a new dedicated research unit at Wrightington Hospital, allowing patients who are taking part in clinical trials to be seen in a specialised area.
Clinical trials and research are an everyday part of work done in the NHS with the aim of finding better ways of looking after patients, helping patients recover more quickly and keeping people healthy. The vast majority are carried out by doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who treat patients all the time.
Over the last 10 years the Trust’s Research Team has worked hard to promote research opportunities to our patients, and as a result, WWL has seen an astounding increase in recruitment to National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research studies; with 2,420 patients being recruited in 2018/19 compared to just 19 in 2010/11.
Chris Birchall, Head of Research said: “I’d like to thank all of the staff that have put a tremendous amount of effort into getting the unit fit for purpose for our patients, with particular thanks going to Tracey Taylor, Lead Research Nurse.
“We are excited that the unit is now officially open and will now enable us to provide a better service to our patients.
“We are very grateful to the Trust’s Three Wishes Charity, who kindly funded the purchase of a phlebotomy chair and blood pressure monitor and also to our Estates and Facilities colleagues for all of their help in getting the accommodation ready for use”.
The benefits of taking part in a clinical trial or research for the patient are that they can play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, as well as help others by contributing to medical research.
Robert Armstrong, WWL Chairman who officially opened the unit said: “Research has always been undertaken at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals. In 1960 whilst at Wrightington Hospital, Sir John Charnley researched, piloted and developed the total hip replacement operation.
“Our new dedicated research facility will enable our patients who undergo research activity, to get top clinical care whilst undergoing treatment.
“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to bringing this facility to life. I hope this Unit will enhance the care we give to patients and help to improve, through research and clinical trials, the outcomes for many, many people”.