Date: 12 April 2019
The public learned about NHS research and how to get involved at an information stand in Milton Keynes.
Research nurses from Milton Keynes University Hospital and Thames Valley's GP practices spoke to more than 350 people at the Centre:MK on Wednesday 10 April.
The stand was organised by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which supports research into areas such as cancer, heart disease, migraines and reproductive health.
Sarah Wytrykowski, Primary Care Research Nurse Lead at the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands, said: "Research is vital so that we can progress treatments, medicines and interventions that are more tailored to individual needs.
"It is through research and experimentation that we learn to develop our knowledge, understanding to improve health and provide best patient care.
"We are extremely grateful for all the past and future participants that have enabled research to take place."
Participating in health research helps develop new treatments, improve the NHS and save lives. Patients and healthy volunteers are often asked by the NHS if they wish to take part in studies.
This can involve drug trials, questionnaires and giving consent to have medical notes and blood samples used in research.
Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor about research opportunities and view trials seeking volunteers at www.bepartofresearch.uk.
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