Research team lead from the front

Date: 13 August 2019

Research

The Trust’s Research and Innovation Team recruited the highest number of participants from any NHS organisation in the south east for health research studies last year, according to the latest figures.

In 2018/19, 38,599 patients and healthy volunteers took part in studies across Kent, Surrey and Sussex – the highest number ever for the region – of which 5,426 participants were based at Medway.

Since the first ever trial performed in 1747, research and clinical trials have saved and improved millions of lives - Tracy Post believes her life is one of them.

Tracy was the first patient recruited to take part in the OPTALYSE PE study at Medway Maritime Hospital. Patients with blood clots in a major artery within the lung are typically treated with a blood thinning drug over the course of 12 hours. While effective, this treatment does have its risks due to the length of time that the patient will receive the blood thinning drug into the bloodstream. The OPTALYSE PE study tests whether drugs can be administered over a shorter period of time - along with an ultrasound device which is directed straight onto the clot to help the drugs dissolve it - and achieve the same benefits with fewer risks.

Tracy talks about her experience:

“I was told I was a good candidate for the trial and I jumped at the chance to take part. I’m so grateful I was picked - not only because I honestly believe my recovery was quicker, but also because I know I may have played a part in improving care for others and even finding cures.

“I feel like I’ve been really lucky. The staff at Medway have been brilliant – both after my accident and during the study. And I couldn’t have got through any of it without my family’s support. They have been amazing. I would say to anyone who has the opportunity to take part in a trial, just do it. If we don’t support research then medicine can never move on”

To find out how you can get involved in research at your local hospital, contact the team on 01634 830000 ext. 6736 or email met-tr.medwayresearch@nhs.net.

Photo: Tracy Post and husband Richard

  • Summary:

    The Trust’s Research and Innovation Team recruited the highest number of participants from any NHS organisation in the south east for health research studies last year, according to the latest figures.