Fylde public urged to join hospital research panel

Blackpool Victoria Hospital health panel appeal
Blackpool Victoria Hospital health panel appeal
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Bosses at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are appealing for people to get involved in their vital research projects.

The are looking for ordinary people and carers as well as patients to be a part of their clinical research panel to give a fresh view on

And they are to hold an information day to let people find a out about the project and how they can help.

The event is also open to patients and they and members of the public can ask questions of a panel of national, regional and local speakers.

The seminar, at the hospital on Tuesday, October 20, from noon to 4pm, will show how researchers are involving people in their studies and let anyone thinking of helping find out from others who have already volunteered why they decided to take part in the research panel.

It will start at noon with a free lunch in the Lecture Theatre in Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Education Centre on Whinney Heys Road.

Michelle Stephens, research and development manager for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “By getting involved in research, people can help patients in the future.

“They can also give something back to the NHS and support the work of their local hospitals.

“We have had a PPI research panel since January 2015 made up of patients and carers. We wanted to get people involved to help shape our research projects.

“We would like to increase the number of people on the panel and to include people of all ages and backgrounds. You don’t have to join a clinical trial to be involved in research.

“Patients and carers often see things from a different perspective. They might mention aspects that we would not necessarily consider.”

To take part contact Sally Saele at sally.saele@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk or call 01253 951 514 by Friday, October 16.