Restarting our research
High priority research at NUH
We want to offer our patients the opportunity to continue to take part in clinical research that is essential to their health, as safely as possible during COVID-19.
In order to do this, we are prioritising trials which provide life-changing or life saving treatments.
Keeping everyone safe
Guidelines for research visits and appointments will follow the guidance for all patients and visitors to NUH.
Our research staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This can include masks, visors, gloves, aprons, hoods and gowns.
The type of Personal Protective Equipment we wear will depend on the type of research appointment or procedure you are having.
For appointments that will take place at QMC, Nottingham City Hospital or Ropewalk House, we have created more space in our research facilities, so that staff and patients can keep a minimum of 2 metres apart (or one metre apart where extra safety measures are in place).
As a result of social distancing, staff may not come as close to you as they have done in the past.
We have dedicated COVID-free research areas, so that patients and staff do not come into contact with patients being treated for the virus.
This may mean that the location for your appointment may be different from the last time you visited us.
Cleaning and hand washing
Extra cleaning is taking place in our facilities.
Supplies of hand gel and soap and water are available for staff and patients to use. Please use them regularly throughtout your appointment.
The measures we are taking are based on the most up to date evidence we have. We will continue to make changes to keep you and our staff safe, as new evidence or guidelines are confirmed.
Your research appointment
If we ask you to come in for a research appointment please keep safe and help others to stay safe by taking these actions:
- Wear a facemask in all areas
- Arrive on time, please don’t come early
- Maintain social distancing
- Wash or sanitise hands regularly
- Adults - come alone; if you need someone to come with you then please speak to your Research Team before your appointment
- Under 18s – only one parent can stay with you
If you are concerned
If you have been shielding or you feel concerned about attending your appointment, please contact your Research Team.
DO NOT ATTEND
If you, anyone in your household or the person bringing you to hospital shows these COVID-19 symptoms:
- a fever (temperature) and
- a new and persistent cough or
- loss or change to senses of smell or taste
Please follow the COVID-19 advice on www.nhs.uk or call 111.
Information for patients and carers
Please find below information about restarting our research and different ways of involving patients and the public in our research. Please click on the link to view or download.