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 by Dr Asamoah-Owusu with Dr Kanagasundaram and Dr Black. Working alongside the doctors are two research nurses, Rachel Chambers and Lesley Cole.

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 we consider that a patient is potentially suitable to take part in one then they may be contacted either in the surgery or by telephone to discuss it.

The unit is open Monday-Thursday. To contact us please call the main practice on 01932 840123 and ask to be put through to the research unit.

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:

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

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.

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.

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 researches themselves, they may help inform better healthcare for future patients.

Join a COVID19 Clinical Trial

The Principle Trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID19. You could be eligible to join if you have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:

  • A continuous or worsening cough
  • A high temperature
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

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