Your medical & screening
There are often more medical tests that have to be done to confirm you’re still okay to take part before you can be given the test medicine.
If you decide to leave the unit during a residential stay without prior agreement, you will be withdrawing yourself from the trial.
- Clothes for your stay – although we provide a clean polo shirt every day, so that we can easily tell who is a volunteer and who isn’t. You’ll need to bring all your other clothes with you. It’s a good idea not to wear a dress in the clinic as this can make it difficult if you’re having ECGs done.
- Sensible nightwear as the beds don’t currently have curtains round them.
- Comfortable footwear – for health and safety reasons, you must have something on your feet at all times whilst in the clinic.
- Washing essentials (soap/shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste etc) – No mouthwash as it may contain alcohol or other ingredients that can affect the results from the trial.
- Anything you might want to do whilst you’re in the clinic e.g. books, iPad, college work.
Feel free to bring your laptop/tablet/e-reader with you. We have free WiFi in the clinic.
There are restrictions on what you can eat and drink on some trials, for example you may not be able to eat for a few hours after you’ve had the test medicine, or there may be a specific diet that you have to follow during the trial.
We provide vegetarian food but please advise us if you’re vegetarian or have any other dietary restrictions when you’re screened. Please note that we can’t cater for Halal, Kosher, vegan or other specific diets.
We always aim to provide the best possible service to all our volunteers but if you do have a complaint or concerns over the service you have experienced then we would like to know about this.
In the first instance we would encourage you to raise your complaint/concern directly with one of our managers at the time the problem occurs. We would always prefer to try to resolve any issues with you at the time. However if you feel that, for whatever reason, you are not able to do this or you feel that your complaint/concern cannot be dealt with at this level then please put your complaint in writing to the Senior Director, Volunteer Management.
Please note that all complaints must be received in writing, we cannot take action on complaints raised through other routes such as email or social media sites.
Please write to us at the following address:
Quotient Clinical Ltd
To help us deal with your complaint as effectively as possible please include as much detail as you can. Especially useful are dates, times, study reference numbers and the names of any staff involved.
We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within two working days of receiving it and will provide you with details of when a full response can be expected, in most cases no more than two weeks from the date of receipt of the complaint.
occur we will take the appropriate action. We’ll discuss any side effects that you might get before the trial starts.
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About our trials
Before treatments can be tested on people they have undergone extensive laboratory tests that last over several years. If the results from these studies are positive the next step is to seek approval for trials on healthy volunteers – known as Phase I testing. Before the trial can start, an independent ethics committee look at every aspect of the proposed trial, safeguarding the rights, safety and well being of all the volunteers who take part.
These trials can give us information about how much and how often a person has to take a medicine to gain any medical benefit. Many potential medicines fail because the body processes them too quickly, or they don’t pass into the blood stream well enough. Through our studies, we can identify these problems and fix them.
Some of our volunteers are also patients with the relevant symptoms and they help us to see whether new potential drugs help to slow, reduce or eliminate their symptoms.
* People who don’t have any medical conditions
Many trials require you to take different doses of the test medicine, so we can see which level gives the best result. All medicines can have side effects – even those that are already available. Most commonly these are feeling sick, dizziness or headaches, and you might experience some of these during a trial. We’ll monitor you closely throughout the trial, taking the appropriate action if you do experience any side effects.