Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clinical Trials Partnership to Benefit Region's Patients

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clinical Trials Partnership to Benefit Region's Patients

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SYNEXUS, a world leader in the engagement of patients and the running of clinical trials at its own dedicated research centres, has formed a unique partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to establish a dedicated clinical research facility at Hexham General Hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest and top performing NHS foundation trusts in the country and is now the first NHS hospital and community health services provider to forge such a unique clinical trials partnership - with the potential to improve treatment for thousands of NHS patients.

Synexus already has dedicated research centres across the UK, Europe and Africa with over 20 years' experience in running clinical trials with GPs and their patients. Now, thanks to its collaboration with Northumbria Healthcare, clinical trials will be further enhanced by the Trust's medical specialists, vast NHS research experience and support services, to give thousands of people, from the North East, access to clinical trials. The new clinical research facility at Hexham General Hospital will open early in 2014 giving opportunities to patients to participate in clinical trials previously unavailable in the NHS.

Synexus CEO Christophe Berthoux said: "We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. This reinforces our commitment to working in productive relationships with industry and now with the NHS to offer an improved clinical trial experience for patients. The Department of Health has put an increasing emphasis on the importance of clinical trials in the UK and we are very keen to be able to combine our significant experience and heritage with the positive reputation of the NHS."

Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Jim Mackey said: "This is an excellent opportunity for the trust and we are delighted to be the first NHS trust to partner with Synexus. Clinical trials play an important role in the NHS and we are pleased that we are helping to not only improve the quality of life for patients but also have input in developing medicines to help patients for years to come. Our existing clinical research department has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, bringing major bene-fits to patients, and this partnership will help us to build on that strong foundation."

This new partnership with Synexus builds on the high quality clinical trials already supported by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in a broad range of conditions such as Parkinson's disease, stroke and cancer. By working with Synexus and using its expertise in running large scale clinical trials, Northumbria Healthcare will now be able to introduce a much higher number of trials, giving thousands of its own patients, as well as patients from across the North East, access to clinical trials which ultimately will help benefit patients and the NHS for many years to come.

Contact Northumbria Healthcare to find out more about clinical trials CLINICAL trials and research play a vital role in improving healthcare and the dedicated research and development (R&D) department at Northumbria Healthcare works with health professionals across the Trust to give patients the opportunity to take part in high quality, leading-edge research.

We carry out a broad range of studies in specialty areas including cancer, stroke, Parkinson's disease, orthopaedics, rheumatology, critical care, obstetrics and gynaecology, upper and lower gastrointestinal medicine and surgery and respiratory medicine. …

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