Royal London Hospital tour of
the new Clinical Trials Unit

24th May 2019

This event was held in celebration of International Clinical Trials Day and was hosted by David Lieberman, the Clinical Trials Manager at the Royal London Hospital.


We started with an interesting talk by David on the history of Clinical Trials followed by talks by patients on their experiences of Clinical Trials. As always, I come away counting my blessings that I have not had to go through the things some of them have had to endure. There is always someone worse off than you, don’t you think?


After this session, we broke for light refreshments and socialising. I chatted to Mel Pattrick who I know from our Diabetes meetings and Johanna Preston who also recruits for Clinical Trials.  Respect to them!


They mentioned my having just seen Victoria and joining the Senescence Study for Dr Sian Henson and asked if I had considered joining the NAFLD (fatty liver) study or would I consider joining it. This was another observational study that I did know about from the DARE day event last year and by coincidence I was told that I have a fatty liver following a scan late last year.


They gave me a copy of the documents and asked if I would consider joining the trial. Clinical Research Nurses at their best — charming, respectful, empathic and with no pressure applied – but then moving in for the kill! I love them. 


We were then taken for a demonstration of how blood is separated into plasma and red blood cells. It was explained that the process had to ensure every sample had to be tested by a machine that had the exact same standard calibration and this is why blood tests in a trial are all sent to the same laboratory. We discussed how tightly controlled the process was and the attention to detail that had to be maintained to ensure the integrity of the study and to pass monitor’s inspections.


The event was enjoyable and informative. 


As a matter of interest (to me anyway) I have decided to take part in the NAFLD study together with two others that consist of a survey — takes me up to 14 trials undertaken.

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