Research is an important part of the work of the NHS and here at Westgate Surgery we work with external researchers to look at issues that are relevant and important to general practice. The clinical research we are involved in means that patients get access to new treatments and medicines and the time and money we invest means better and more cost effective treatment for patients. We have been accredited by the Royal College of General Practice as a ‘Research Ready’ practice, which means we are able to take on research projects. We also work with the NHS Clinical Research Network to make sure that any project we are involved in sticks to the highest standards and has been ethically approved.
From time to time you may be invited to take part in a research project and whilst we are always grateful if you say yes, we wish to assure you that should you decide not to take part in our research the care you receive from the practice will in no way be effected and that we respect each individuals choice.