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Mid Cheshire Hospitals Playing Key Role In COVID-19 Research

Research nurses with rainbows
Research Nurses, Caroline Dixon (left) and Claire Gabriel (right)

20 May 2020

Patients at Crewe’s Leighton Hospital who have been hospitalised with COVID-19 are playing a vital role in research into the virus, through the hospital’s involvement in major research studies.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital, is marking International Clinical Trials Day today (19 May) at a time when research is more important than ever.

The Trust is currently involved in 5 national and international research studies looking into COVID-19 treatments, as well as identifying risk factors and impact on specific patient groups.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals is currently one of the top recruiters in the North West coast to the RECOVERY trial, a UK-wide study to test if existing or new treatments can help patients who have been admitted to hospital with confirmed COVID-19.

Data collection trials are also playing a key role in the global understanding of and response to COVID-19.  

The ISARIC trial, also being supported by Mid Cheshire Hospitals, is collecting huge amounts of clinical data from around the world to find better ways to diagnose and manage the disease.

Research Manager Charis Emmett said: “Research of all forms is vital to stopping the spread of, and effectively treating, COVID-19.  As it is a new disease we need to find out as much as we can about it, as quickly as possible.

“Everyone involved in this research is helping to be part of the solution to COVID-19 - from our patients to our clinical staff, research nurses, pharmacists and administrators. 

“On International Clinical Trials Day, we’re proud to support research into COVID-19 and are grateful to everyone who is taking part in trials so that effective treatments can be identified quickly and made available to all patients.”