20 May 2015
A medical research database launched by the Royal Free London (RFL) will give patients the chance to find out about the ground-breaking clinical trials they could be involved in.
The research portal, which is being launched this month, allows the user to look up clinical trials taking place at the trust by disease, meaning that patients can tailor their search to their condition.
After finding out about a clinical study, they can contact the hospital’s research and development team or talk to their GP or hospital clinician about whether they might be eligible to join the trial.
The database launch was officially announced on Wednesday 20 May at the trust’s research and development open day, which also saw a host of world class clinicians and scientists discussing their own research projects.
Dr Adele Fielding, reader in haematology and director of research and development at the RFL, said: “At any one time the Royal Free London could be hosting 300 research projects that give patients the chance to undergo experimental treatments and therapy. Local patients living with a variety of conditions might have no idea new ways of treating their disease are being trialled right on their doorstep.
“Opening up our trials database to the public is just another way of helping our patients make informed choices about how to move forward with their care.”
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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.
The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.
In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read our news story: A bigger trust, a better future.