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Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a particular type of clinical research that compares one treatment with another. It may involve patients, healthy volunteers or both. Pharmacy has a vital role to play in relation to clinical research. The pharmacy team safeguard participants, healthcare professionals and the Trust by ensuring trial medications are appropriate for use and are obtained, handled, stored and used safely and correctly.

The Clinical Trials pharmacy service ensures that medications used in clinical trials are managed and dispensed in accordance to the study protocol and that clinical trial procedures comply with relevant local and national guidelines and regulations.

The pharmacy staff work closely with the Research & Development department to help to promote research within the Trust. Our work ranges from small scale observational studies to large scale multinational clinical trials within a wide range of conditions.

To find out more about research at the Trust visit the Research webpage.


'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital