Clinical Trials

What are clinical trials?

  • Looks at new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease
  • Might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments.
  • Can be either observational or interventional
  • The studies follow strict, scientific standards which protects patients and help produce reliable clinical trial results.

Four phases in clinical trials

Phase Purpose
I Testing an experimental drug in small group of people (approx. 20-100) to evaluate safety, possible side effects, and to determine drug use and delivery.
II Assessment of the safety and efficacy of an experimental treatment in more people than in Phase I (approx. 100-300).
III A comparison of the experimental drug against a placebo or standard treatment to evaluate safety, efficacy and effectiveness in patients with specific diseases (approx. 300 – 3000).
IV After approval has been given, the drug’s effectiveness and safety in monitored by public use.

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The majority of studies conducted at Hillingdon are Phase III or Phase IV studies.

The Trust has a strong commitment to support the NHS Research and Development agenda. It continues to be seen as a good centre to conduct clinical trials with excellent recruitment and reliable data. Our Trust supports research in many areas, including:

  • Cancer treatments
  • Diabetes
  • General Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Stroke

Want to take part?

Ask a member of your medical team about research that is relevant to you or ring the Research and Development Office on 01895 279021. Our clinicians predominately recruit patients into national, multi-centre clinical trials, many of which are on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio and funded by one of the Department of Health partners.

We are supported by the London North West Comprehensive Research Network which is part of the NIHR.

Research at Hillingdon Hospital

Research & Development
Greenacres Centre
Hillingdon Hospital
Tel: 01895 279021

Dr Simon Dubrey
R&D Director

Geraldine Landers
R&D Manager