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NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility is now officially open!

Posted on the 30th November 2017

The NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility (CRF) was officially opened last week. The facility located at Royal Preston Hospital sees the collaboration of two NHS organisations and a local university and plays an important role in discovering new treatment and improving care for the future.

The brand new NIHR Clinical Research Facility is an innovative collaboration between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University. The facility was officially opened by the first two patients to take part in clinical trials at the facility on 21 November 2017 and was open to the public to have guided tours and find out more about the types of research that is taking place. 

Over 150 people from across Lancashire attended the celebration and took part in mock up clinical trials including randomised chocolate trials, fun work with DNA and a look at what is in your blood. The event providing the opportunity for those who are interested in research, wanting to work in or take part to come and have a look around the facility and ask questions about getting involved. The event included a number of insightful speeches given from representatives from each organisation and a moving patient story about the importance of research. 
The facility provides people in the community with the opportunity to take part in early-phase clinical research trials for dementia, neurosciences, oncology and many more. The collaboration of organisations means the facility provides a unique combination of both physical and mental health research expertise. 

Max Marshall, Medical Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: 

“Research at this site has been taking place for a number of years however over the last few years Lancashire Care and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals have really begun to get to know each other and work extremely close together. We work across a whole range of services and as have we worked together in these services we have really grown our joint interests in health research. 

“Over the last ten years between us the two Trusts have recruited thirty thousand people to research studies and that has been a big contribution to developing the treatments of tomorrow. It has also been great for Lancashire because of the income that brings, the stimulus it gives to science in the county and also because we know that when people participate in research trials they actually get better health outcomes.

“Partnership working is extremely important to us and by working together means we can include a combination of expertise and provide the highest quality service for the people that we serve.
We are extremely proud to be playing a key part in the development of research in Lancashire!” 

Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: 

“We are delighted to have this state of the art research centre at our hospital and we are extremely proud to play such a big part in innovation and developing ground-breaking treatment for the future. This is the only NIHR Clinical Research Facility in Lancashire so it means people across the county can be involved in revolutionary research studies which will help us develop new treatments for future generations.”

The NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility is located at Royal Preston Hospital, Avondale Unit, Sharoe Green Lane North, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT.

For more information about National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Lancashire Clinical Research Facility please call 01772 522031 or email visit or