More patients than ever before are taking part in medical trials at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Research carried out at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is up by a fifth a year, with medics reporting an 18.5 per cent rise in the number of patients taking part in research between 2012 and 2013, coupled with a 38 per cent rise in the number of trials being carried out.
Last year 1,066 patients took part in 120 trials to develop treatment and services that will help patients now and in the future.
Paul Dimitri, director of research and innovation at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Research is the future of medical care.
“Thanks to a better understanding of how research works, more families than ever are willing to play a part in improving the health care for children in the future.
“As a hospital trust we have long recognised how important it is to engage with children from a young age to help them understand that it is a necessity for making medical advances.
“It is through research and innovation that we strive to ensure that our children receive the best treatments and have access to the best facilities.”
Dr Dimitri said of The Children’s Clinical Research Facility, which opened at the hospital in 2008 had given the hospital the opportunity to carry out essential clinical research for children.