Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

What is research?

Last updated: 31 January 2022

What is clinical research?

Clinical research help us understand how to treat a particular illness and can help improve treatments, care and medicine and develop new ones.

It can also help us to diagnose diseases and conditions earlier or more accurately. and prevent people from developing diseases and conditions.

Clinical research trials and studies are part of everyday work in the NHS and you might not know it, but most care that patients receive in hospitals and GP practices is the result of research.

 

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are a particular type of research which normally compare one treatment to another.

They are the most accurate method that scientists have of testing what works best - and there are thousands of trials being carried out each year in a huge range of clinical areas within both the NHS and private industry.

 

Why should I take part?

Recruiting more patients and volunteers for research projects gives us a better chance of finding solid, reliable data from our clinical trials, which can then be used to improve treatment in hospitals and communities all across the UK, and often internationally.

The research may benefit you, or others like you, in the future.

Without patients and members of the public giving up their time to participate, clinical research would not exist.

 

Want to take part?

If you are interested or would like to take part in a clinical trial, there are different ways of finding a study that you may be eligible for:

  • If you have a condition that means you make regular hospital visits, then ask your GP or clinician about clinical research.
  • Search for clinical trials in the UK by condition and location on the National Institute for Research website. 

 

 

You don't even need to take part in a clinical trial to become involved in clinical research. For example you could:

  • Join one of our focus groups to give input into research projects
  • Become a patient research ambassador
  • Help us in raising local awareness of clinical research
  • Provide information to our researchers to help their work
  • Help to write patient questionnaires and other documents

 

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these please contact us at research.office@porthosp.nhs.uk

 

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