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Research team at hospital which serves Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge celebrates a record breaking year




Hospital staff are celebrating a record year in supporting a variety of clinical and research trials, which includes making a major contribution to a COVID-19 study.

The Research Team at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, which serves Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton, has thanked patients for supporting its work.

The ten-strong team have already recruited over 1,100 patients to participate in research trials for new treatments. This is almost double their target of 674 patients for the year with 5 months still to go – their best year on record.

Research and Development team at the QEH, which was taken prior to social distancing measures (43661576)
Research and Development team at the QEH, which was taken prior to social distancing measures (43661576)

Antonia Hardcastle, Research and Innovation Lead, said: “Our patients are always so eager to participate, even if the trial doesn’t directly benefit them they get satisfaction in knowing this may help benefit others.

“The work we do is so important in building evidence which drives the NHS forward and receiving such a great response to patient participation in research means we can continue to improve our quality of care and offer better innovative treatments.”

The team’s main focus this year has largely been focused on COVID-19 research, making a major contribution to the national study which saw them ranked 35th out of 507 Trusts earlier this year.

Having now resumed other clinical studies which were put on hold during the first wave of the pandemic, the team are currently researching over 45 studies including topics on strokes, mental health and babies.



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