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Research and innovation showcased at Poole Hospital

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showcased its extensive research and innovation projects on Tuesday (20 May) which was International Clinical Trials Day. At any one time, there are in excess of 300 clinical trials undertaken at Poole Hospital.

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.

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.

Dr. Angus Wood, Poole Hospital’s clinical director for research and innovation said: “International Clinical Trials Day gives staff and the public an opportunity to see the importance of clinical research and the great work we do at the trust.

“The hospital is committed at all levels of clinical research because we believe this leads to a better outcome for patients.”

Departments across the hospital undertake a range of different types of research at Poole Hospital, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), including testing new medications and vaccines, looking at combinations of existing medications, and testing whether giving treatments in different ways can make them more effective or reduce side effects.

Currently, one of the clinical trials taking place at the hospital aims to find out if electrical stimulation of the pharynx - using a specially designed treatment catheter to deliver the stimulation - can speed up recovery of safe swallowing in stroke patients. Speeding up recovery in stroke patients could help achieve reduced risk of aspiration, reduced risk of chest infection due to aspiration and return to normal and safe swallowing as early as possible post stroke.

Sarah Chessell, head of research and innovation at Poole Hospital said: “Research is fundamental to the hospital and its patients and in providing support to healthcare practice.

“Thanks to those patients who take part in the research, the NHS is learning more all the time about how to deal with a whole range of medical conditions including strokes, critical care, cancer care and more - and make some real breakthroughs that will improve thousands of lives.”

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. 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 448500.

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Date: 20 May 2014

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