Date: 07 December 2018
A Greater Manchester patient has spoken about her positive experience of taking part in two clinical research studies at her local GP practice.
Gill Heneghan, 59, from Withington, is a patient at the Bodey Medical Centre in Fallowfield, Manchester.
As a research-active practice, The Bodey offers patients the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking studies which are on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network portfolio.
Gill, a retired planning assistant with an electricity network operator, lives with Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
During her standard appointments with her GP at The Bodey, she was asked if she would like to take part in a diabetes study.
After agreeing to participate and having a positive experience, she was later asked about taking part in a cholesterol study, to which she also consented.
Both studies are helping medics better understand these conditions and work towards developing improved treatments.
Through their participation, patients like Gill also gain earlier access to new treatments. She is encouraging other patients to take part in studies being conducted at their local GP surgery.
Gill said: “The doctor was very thorough in explaining what both studies would involve. He gave me lots of information in a simplified way and, at the end of it and after speaking with my husband, I was quite happy to join in and be part of it.
“It’s been really convenient for me to take part because these studies are done at my own GP surgery, which is near to where I live.
“For the cholesterol study, I’m given lots of dates to choose from so I can go at a time that’s suitable for me. The team who look after you are really fantastic and I feel quite happy that I’m having a thorough health check every time I go.
“I recommend that anyone who’s offered the chance to take part in research should definitely consider it. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences and I’ve really enjoyed being part of something that could help patients like me in the future.”
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