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.
Traditionally, patients are recruited into research via specialist clinics; however chronic conditions such as IBS, asthma, and migraine are regularly managed within a community setting. The PRC will empower those local patients with long term conditions to get involved in late phase research and have access to the latest treatments.