Research Unit

For twenty years, we have had a busy research unit running a wide variety of clinical trials in various therapeutic areas.

Our research team is headed Dr Black and Dr Nyekiova. Working alongside the doctors are our Research Team Tracey Sturt (Research Nurse), Vicky James (Research Nurse) and Sue Hunsworth (Research Assistant)

All our studies aim to improve patient care and we see many benefits in our patients having the opportunity to take part in these trials. If a patient meets the study criteria to take part, they may be contacted to discuss the study and what it involves.

The Research unit is open Monday-Thursday, if you would like to know more about our current or new research studies you can call the research unit on 01932 830928 and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Our research unit is in collaboration with the national institute for health research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS. You can find out more about the NIHR on their website: www.nihr.ac.uk .

We are grateful to the patients and carers who can give their time and commitment to help with medical research.

We are currently supporting four studies in:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Zoster Shingles

The Crouch Oak Family Practice has previously supported studies in a wide variety of disease areas including diabetes, cholesterol lowering, hypertension, vaccinations, asthma, COPD, pain relief, depression and constipation.

Studies can vary from observational projects, questionnaire studies, uses of new medication and longer-term research following patients with various conditions for many years. Such studies may aim to help with the development of treatments, pathways of care and improving patient care.

Research is important to patients because it can help work out which treatments work better for which patients. Although patients may not directly benefit from taking part in a research study themselves, they will be assisting/supporting better healthcare for the future.