These events in Doncaster celebrated research and its effects in our hospitals

Two events run by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals highlighted the important work done in research and development.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 9:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 10:37 am
Celebrating work done in research at Doncaster Hospital, with a special coffee morning
Celebrating work done in research at Doncaster Hospital, with a special coffee morning

Research and development plays a vital role within healthcare, contributing to better running hospitals, and improved care for patients.

Studies enable hospitals to get ahead by trialling new medicines, developing better treatments and improving understanding of medical conditions. As a teaching hospital, DBTH places great importance upon cutting-edge research. Time was set aside recently to showcase work done by its dedicated research team.

The first celebration was to recognise all patients who have contributed to the Trust’s studies.

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A coffee morning was attended by over 40 research participants. It was the first get-together of this kind and proved incredibly positive.

Richard Parker OBE, chief executive at DBTH, stopped by to personally thank attendees for their support and to give an overview of where the research service will head in the future.

Dr Trevor Rogers, the soon-to-retire director of research and development, also spoke about his personal experience as an investigator, and how research helped to shape his career and his treatment options as a respiratory consultant.

Dr Rogers said: “We have a very large portfolio of studies taking place across our hospital sites. We are absolutely reliant on our volunteer patient participants, who help by completing questionnaires, trialling novel drugs and informing the way that we approach our projects.

“They simply don’t get enough credit, which is why we decided to show our appreciation for all of their amazing contributions.”

The second event was primarily aimed at nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. It included inspirational talks from experts.

One individual gave an emotive account of how trial medication had empowered them to rebuild their life. Patients interested in volunteering to participate in R&D projects can email [email protected]