Patients from South Devon now have the opportunity to take part in research studies, run from Torbay Hospital’s Jubilee Research Unit, for a range of conditions and diseases.
The Unit was established by South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Research and Development Department, and provides improved capacity and infrastructure to help the Trust’s researchers successfully undertake clinical research on site.
Situated in the heart of the hospital, the Jubilee Research Unit (JRU) opened its doors to patients in May 2012, offering improved facilities for patients and their families taking part in clinical trials as well as accommodating many of the research teams across the Trust who are outgrowing their current clinic space.
The Trust is keen to support the research agendas of both the Government and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which are concerned with ensuring patients are offered more opportunities to take part in research, giving them access to the latest treatments, technologies and innovations.
Oncology has been the latest clinic to run research from the JRU, which already holds research studies for Stroke, Diabetes and Gastroenterology.
Professor Ben Benjamin, Acute Medicine Consultant and Director of Research & Development at Torbay Hospital said: "Having a new, dedicated clinical research facility in the main hospital will be of enormous benefit and will enable us to offer research participation to many more of our patients.
“We already undertake more research studies than most hospitals of our size. The new Jubilee Research Unit will further help our reputation as a Trust which is keen to improve patient care through research activity."
Research is conducted across a range of disease areas at the Unit and may include complex treatment regimes or data collection. All of the Trust’s clinical research teams have access to the facility. The trial activity covered includes trial set-up and monitoring, patient recruitment, patient assessment, treatment administration, sampling for biomarkers; genetics; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics analysis.
Facilities include a four bedded bay, a two bedded bay, two consulting rooms, a nurse base with workspace and office facilities for researchers, a waiting room and a shared kitchen, staff room and sluice with the adjoining Elizabeth ward.
The results of a recent satisfaction survey indicate how pleased patients are with the centre and include comments such as “I cannot fault the treatment I have received”, “the care I had in Torbay was first class” and “the team was outstanding with professional warmth and care”.