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Hillview Surgery

Hillview Surgery
179 Bilton Road
Tel: 020 8997 4661
Fax: 020 8810 8015

Your GP Practice and Clinical Research


Hillview Surgery works with the North West London Diabetes Local Research Network (NWL DLRN) and is actively involved in clinical research.


This means your GP helps to identify patients who may be suitable for clinical research taking place either at your surgery, other surgeries in your area or at local hospitals.


Clinical research is essential in order to find better treatments for diabetes - or even a cure. Without people like you volunteering to participate in clinical trials and research studies, clinical research simply would not happen.


What is clinical research?


Clinical research is a branch of medicine that looks at the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, treatment regimens and diagnostic tools intended for use in humans.


A clinical trial is a particular type of clinical research that compares one treatment with another, either a placebo or the best current treatment available.  It may involve patients or healthy people, or both.  


To find out more about the clinical research and what it is like to take part in a clinical trial please visit the YourHealthTalk website


Why are clinical trials important?


Before a treatment can be prescribed we need to know whether it works, whether it works better than other treatments currently used and if it has any side effects.


Clinical trials are designed to answer these questions, leading to better health and quality of life for patients.  Without them, there is a risk that people will be given treatments that don’t work, or could even be dangerous.


Many NHS treatments, including those your GP prescribes, have been tested in clinical trials.


What can clinical trials find out?  


Clinical trials can help:

  • prevent illnesses by testing a vaccine
  • detect or diagnose illnesses by testing a scan or blood test
  • treat illnesses by testing a new medicine
  • find out how best to provide psychological support 
  • find out how people can control their symptoms or improve their quality of life by testing how a particular diet affects a condition


What benefits are there for me to take part in clinical research?


People take part in clinical research for lots of different reasons. They might want to improve their health, learn more about their condition and how to manage it, get access to a new drug or treatment or to get access to care they feel would be more specialised.


In many cases, the research will not help you personally, but it may provide important information that will help people in the future.


How can I find out about diabetes research taking place in my area?


Hillview Surgery will send out letters inviting you to take part in any diabetic research project that is appropriate.  Participation is completely voluntary and does not affect diabetic care.  You can also discuss this with nurse Kate or Shain.


You can also join the NWL DLRN Diabetes Research Register.   The Register is a list of people with diabetes who have said they would like to hear from us about any future clinical trials. It contains their name, age, type of diabetes, ethnicity and contact details.   


By signing up to the Register, people with diabetes will be alerted via email or post about any clinical trials they may be eligible for.   They can then contact the research teams directly to find out more. 


If you would like to sign up to the register please join our mailing list and tick the option saying you’d like to sign up.  We will also send you a regular newsletter letting you know about developments in diabetes research in the region.


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