Did you know that Tavyside Health Centre is a research-active organisation?
Did you know that we take part in NHS research?
Tavyside Health Centre and Lifton Surgery are excited and proud to be involved in clinical research studies within primary care.
We are part of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network for the South West Peninsula. Its aim is to improve the care for all patients by obtaining evidence for better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in Primary Care and we are actively involved in recruiting for a number of studies currently taking place.
The studies that the Practice is currently involved with are as follows
The recruitment for the Early Arthritis Study has now closed.
The study was looking for any patients presenting with any new musculoskeletal or joint pain. You may have also been eligible if you have a relative with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The BEST3 trial uses a Cytosponge - a cheap and simple test that can be done in a GP surgery instead of a referral to hospital for an endoscopy. Scientist are looking for signs of a condition called Barrett's oesophagus which can develop in people who have regular symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion. People with Barrett's oesophagus have a slightly higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, so it is important to identify and monitor this group of patients to catch any early signs of cancer.
The Cytosponge test consists of a 'sponge on a string' pill and molecular test. When the pill is swallowed it expands into a small rough textured sponge in the stomach. The sponge is pulled back up collecting some of the cells lining the food pipe, which are sent off to the lab for a protein test.
''Research is essential for advance diagnosis, treatment and best practice and is an integral part of the NHS. Research studies show that patient cared for in research active organisations
have better outcomes, with early opportunities to access new interventions.
The research studies that the Practice currently offers to patients focus around areas such as disease diagnosis and prevention as well as long-term care. We are hoping to have the opportunity to take part in a number of others projects in the near future''.
- Dr Harriet Doyle
Research Lead at Tavyside Health Centre
How you can get involved
There are many ways in which you can become involved in studies with Tavyside Health Centre:
- A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating.
- You may be sent information via text, email or in the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant.
- You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room, on Facebook, on our waiting room TV’s or on our website and wish to take part by contacting your GP.
- Contact us and speak to one of our patient advisers who will take your details and get a member of the research team to contact you.
All clinical research carried out at Tavyside Health Centre undergoes rigorous checks and is approved by ethical committees to ensure it is appropriate and safe to perform.
Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study at any time without having to provide an explanation.
You are under no obligation to participate in any research project. Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study.
You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.