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Research and innovation celebrated

Clinical trials dayPoole Hospital showcased its extensive research and innovation projects during International Clinical Trials Day which took place last month.

The day offered a chance to celebrate and raise awareness of clinical research and the significant contribution it makes to the healthcare that patients receive today.

The team held a stand at the hospital on the day to raise awareness and provide information on the type of research that is currently being undertaken in the hospital.

Departments across the hospital undertake a range of research, including child health, neurology, cancer care and rheumatology.

Currently, one of the clinical trials taking place at the hospital aims to find out what the identifiable genetic markers are in young patients that show they are more prone to contracting severe infections than others.

Dr. Angus Wood, Poole Hospital’s clinical director for research and innovation said: “Clinical trials day is a great opportunity to highlight the studies we are involved in and for the public to see the great work we do here.

“Clinical trials can offer the best way to compare different approaches to preventing and treating illness and health problems.

“Health professionals and patients need the evidence from trials to know which treatments work best.”

Sarah Chessell, head of research and innovation at Poole Hospital said: “It is important for us to be pro-active in integrating research into clinical care where we can, ultimately benefiting the patient by increasing the number of care options and improving outcomes.

“Thanks to the patients that take part in clinical trials, the NHS is learning more all the time about how to deal with a whole range of medical conditions and make some real breakthroughs that will improve lives.”

For more information on the research specialities or to be involved in a trial contact the research and innovation team at Poole Hospital on 01202 448003.

The hospital is recruiting for a new chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) vaccine study that aims to test the effect of a vaccine in COPD patients that have acute COPD exacerbations.

If you are between 40 to 80 years old, a current or ex-smoker, have had at least one exacerbation in the last year and would like to take part contact Dr Simon Crowther or Simon Bellis on 01202 448483 or

Date: 5 June 2015

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