30 May 2013

The hospital wants to encourage more patients to get involved in research projects and ask their doctor about how they can help.

Research projects take place in departments across the hospital including Oncology, Diabetes, Stroke, Orthodontics, Ear Nose and Throat, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Medical Assessment Unit and Gynaecology. From 2012 to 2013, 324 patients were recruited for 33 studies, 29 academic and four commercial, with 324 patients taking part.

Stephanie Ridgeway, Oncology Research Nurse at Tameside Hospital, said: “We want to promote awareness of the research that’s being done across the Trust.

“It is essential that patients are given the best possible treatment options and are aware of any research opportunities.”

Gillian Simpson, 51, of Glossop, and Stephen Wilson, 52, of Hyde, are two patients who signed up for a trial looking into how to combat fatigue following treatment for cancer.

Gillian said: “Today is about raising awareness because I would have had no idea about clinical trials otherwise.”

International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20 May each year, to commemorate the day that James Lind started his famous trial on the deadly disease scurvy. It provides a focal point to raise awareness of the importance of research to healthcare, and highlights how partnerships between patients and healthcare practitioners are vital to high-quality, relevant research.