Leicester patients leading the way to find coronavirus vaccine

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Teams at Leicester’s Hospitals have been asked to play a key role in helping to find treatments and a vaccine for coronavirus.

They are taking part in a national study called the RECOVERY trial and have successfully recruited a number of patients from the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospitals to take part in the trials.

In fact the researchers based at Leicester’s Hospitals have been so successful in recruiting patients for the clinical trials, that they’ve been approached to support the set-up of research in the new NHS Nightingale Hospital London.

Martin Wiselka, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “This is great news and is without any doubt down to the brilliant efforts of the teams involved across our three hospitals – the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital and Leicester General Hospital.”

“We are totally committed to delivering this study to as many patients with COVID19 as possible. Currently 95 per cent of patients with COVID-19 consent to take part in the trials.”

Professor Nigel Brunskill, Director of Research and Innovation at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Leicester’s Hospitals has embedded research as part of the care package for every patient with the novel coronavirus who enters our hospitals, with the full backing from our Trust board.”

“In addition, we have an amazing research team who work flexibly across our hospitals and have been rapidly deployed to where they are needed most. They are led by some of the foremost researchers in respiratory and infectious diseases in the world.”

“I cannot say this enough: there are no known cures for COVID-19, so research is a key pillar as we search for evidence-based treatments that can save lives.”

“Every patient that has consented to take part is a hero in my eyes. While they may not benefit personally from the trials, what we learn may make a huge difference to patients in the not-too-distant future.”

Some of the patients who have taken part in research at Leicester’s Hospitals have since been discharged and are convalescing at home.


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