Find out how medical research can help you

Date: 25 May 2016

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is holding its annual Clinical Research Day on Monday, 6 June, which is open to patients and members of the public in Kent and Medway. The event runs from 10:30am to 2.00pm at Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, in the Postgraduate Centre lecture theatre. Lunch is provided between 12:00pm and 12:45pm.
 
There will be talks from pioneering research clinicians about the key work they are undertaking to improve patient care and quality of life. The day will showcase the steps being taken to treat children who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), improvements in catheter removal and how iPhone technology can be used for patients at home to detect chronic hearing problems, reducing unnecessary hospital visits and increasing independence.
 
The Clinical Research Day is part of the wider National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) ‘Ok to Ask' campaign, which calls on patients, families and carers to ask their nurse or doctor about taking part in health research.
 
Diana Hamilton-Fairley, Medical Director at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re very proud of all the excellent research that is taking place at Medway, and have had many great success stories. Patients taking part in research are vital to its success; they have paved the way not only for themselves, but also for future generations.
 
“A big part of the day is to demonstrate how research can help to improve patient care and safety. It is also there to show how the public can find out what research opportunities are currently taking place here at Medway Maritime Hospital.
 
Toddler Jessica Martin, from Gravesend, took part in a study at the Oliver Fisher Neonatal Unit when she was a newborn. Jessica was starved of oxygen in the last stages of her mother’s labour. Jessica’s parents consented for her to be part of a trial, which uses an MRI scan to quickly help doctors predict whether ‘brain cooling’ has reduced potential brain damage.
 
Joanna, Jessica’s mum explains how she and Jessica benefited from the experience: “If other parents had not agreed for their children to take part in the cooling study, then the trial would not have progressed enough for my daughter to have this treatment.”
 
“I was hesitant at first, but as the treatment was not invasive, I agreed. We’re really happy that we did agree. As a result of the trial, Jessica was able to have an MRI scan, which quickly confirmed that she had normal brain function. Jessica is monitored regularly and is now a healthy and active little girl.”
 
The event runs from 10:30am to 2.00pm in the lecture theatre at the Postgraduate Centre, with lunch provided between 12:00pm and 12:45pm.
 
To register interest for Medway’s Clinical Research Day, contact Amanda Davis on amanda.davis@medway.nhs.uk or 01634 830000 ext 3129.
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