GP Clinical Research

Heath Lane Surgery is Now a Research Practice

Heath Lane Surgery is involved in research. Our lead GP is Dr William Priestman.

We only get involved in trials with the necessary approval of local research networks.

Some trials may involve taking new medication and some trials just involve closer monitoring of your medical condition.

We find that most patients enjoy being involved in research for the following reasons:

  • Helping others
  • Getting access to new treatments
  • Closer monitoring of your medical conditions

We may occasionally ask you to become involved with our research by letter or in person. Please feel free to say no but we would like to say thank you to those that do chose to take part.

Current Studies we are undertaking:

RCGP RSC COVID-19 Surveillance Study - (University of Oxford) Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, we have been working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and other national bodies to closely monitor and make plans to deal with any situation that may develop in the UK. A vital part of that will be to monitor the number of suspected COVID-19 cases in the community in a timely way. PHE has commissioned the RCGP Research Surveillance Centre to incorporate monitoring of COVID-19 into its virology surveillance scheme.

PRINCIPLE Study - (University of Oxford) The study involves a randomised controlled trial in primary care to evaluate low risk intervention for high
risk people. In the first instance this platform will evaluate a drug called hydroxychloroquine.

Breathlessness Diagnostic Pathway Study - (University of Leicester) Breathlessness is a common reason for people to see their GP, there are many causes of breathlessness, this study will look at different approaches for GP's to use to find a cause.  We want to see if this changes the long term health for a person with Breathlessness.

Active Brains Study - (University of Southampton) A new website called ‘Active Brains’ aims to help older adults to look after their brain and body health to prevent cognitive decline. The website supports older adults to make simple behavioural changes such as increasing physical activity, playing brain training games and finding ways to eat more healthily.

DETA Trial - (University of Leicester) To investigate the effects of dapagliflozin alone and in combination with exercise training, compared to weight loss control (diet-induced weight loss), on physical function in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, overweight/obesity, and impaired physical function.

Psychological Impact of COVID-19 - (Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust) To investigate and explore the psychological impact of COVID-19, the resultant restrictions and impact on behaviours and changes in mental wellbeing across the global population. We aim to explore what factors and behaviours may support people’s wellbeing and what might have a negative impact.



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