Plans for a new unit dedicated to setting up and running
clinical trials have been announced by County Durham and Darlington
NHS Foundation Trust.
Due to open in 2014 and based at Darlington Memorial Hospital,
the new unit will provide a central resource to help clinicians and
staff apply for funding, to design studies and provide a dedicated
space to carry out commercial trials.
The plans are being headed up by Prof. Yan Yiannakou, Director
of Research and Development at the Foundation Trust. He said: "We
are very excited about these ambitious and forward looking plans.
This will be the first clinical trials unit the north east, outside
of Newcastle. The new unit will give us access to dedicated clinic
space, a four-bedded unit, and a more comfortable environment for
patients involved in trials.
"Clinical trials can be very complex to set up and run. The unit
will enable research teams to come together in a dedicated space.
This will improve efficiency and communication, and allow teams to
work together and learn from each other.
"We believe the unit will raise our profile as a Trust and
enable us to increase our research activity. This is
important from a patient perspective as it means that their local
clinicians and care providers are constantly seeking improvements,
we are asking questions of ourselves about whether there are better
ways to do things, we are striving for improvements all the time
with patient care at the centre of everything we undertake."
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is already
building a distinguished profile for research activity and has been
selected to take part in a number of national studies as well as
those being led locally by clinicians.
Trials currently underway include a pioneering treatment for
chronic constipation, a novel way of treating patients with
narrowing of their gullet and the use of 3D imaging for earlier
detection of breast cancer.
A programme of refurbishment is underway on the fifth floor of
the hospital to create the new unit.
Published 11th June 2012