What is the PRC?

The PRC is a Patient Recruitment Centre specialising in late phase commercial clinical research. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of five NHS sites across England chosen to host the new PRC based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality off Westgate road in Newcastle. The centre provides a dedicated space, purpose-designed facilities, and medical expertise to deliver clinical research within a convenient local NHS hospital location – with the aim of increasing the number of studies being run across the region.

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What is a late phase clinical trial?

There are usually four phases to clinical research in humans which can be categorised as early or late phase. Early phases involve the development, early testing, and safety of a drug, medical device, or treatment protocol whereas late phase trials look at the long-term safety and efficacy of the treatment within a large cohort of patients over a longer period of time.

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Why should I register?

People get involved in research for different reasons; for some it’s to have access to the latest treatments, for others it’s because they have been touched by a disease and want to get involved to help find a cure. By taking part in research you are helping to develop new and improved treatments and care protocols, supporting scientists to discover better ways to detect and prevent illness, and contributing to the overall health of the local community.

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Do I have to take part in a study if I register?

It will always be your choice whether you want to take part in a research study. By signing the registry you are simply registering your interest. If we match your details with a suitable study we will contact you with details of the research and what this entails. If you feel the study or the time is not right for you then you are under no obligation to proceed. We will note your wishes and contact you again in the future should any other studies match your profile.

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