HOSPITAL chiefs say a rise in the number of clinical trials taking place at the trust is helping patient across the borough.
A recent report highlighting clinical trials and research across all of the country’s hospital trusts showed a large increase at Wrightington Over the past two years Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) more than 700 patients have been recruited for clinical trial activity.
Clinical trials often involve patients with specific health conditions who can potentially benefit from receiving otherwise unavailable treatments.
A recent rheumatoid arthritis trial has received fantastic success and accolades. Tony has been a carer for Jean, a patient at WWL, for over two years. When he first met Jean her arthritis was so severe that her quality of life was very poor and becoming more and more difficult. Jean was taking in excess of 10 painkillers a day; just to keep going.
Tony said: “Then along came the opportunity to go to Wrightington Hospital to have the infusion treatment. The difference it has made to Jean’s life has been absolutely unbelievable.”
Jean is thrilled with the results of the trial; she said “It’s simply given me my life back because I’d got to the point where there wasn’t a lot left worth living for, to be honest. It has actually given me my life back; there’s no question about it. I can do things now that I had given up all hope of ever doing again.”
A spokesperson for WWL said: We are currently participating in clinical trials involving patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, tinnitus, acute coronary syndrome, diabetes, cancer and many other conditions. By taking part in research, patients and their consultants are at the forefront of evolving new treatments in their disease area.”
Christine Birchall, head of research and development, innovation and clinical trials, explained: “Our collaboration with the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network has been instrumental in our success by funding staff to work on such research studies. It has also provided us with increased access to larger numbers of studies.
“For two years running the research department has reached the final of the prestigious HSJ awards, which is a fantastic accolade to the hard work and dedication they put into their roles. Being nationally recognised for delivering a quality service has enabled WWL to access high quality clinical trials from all over the world.”
WWL are planning to hold a road show this year to raise awareness the benefits research has brought to the local population.
If a member of the public would like more information regarding clinical trials or would like to participate, they should contact the Clinical Trials Department on 01257 256555 or 256493.