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What to expect during your trial

If you’ve never been involved in a clinical trial before, you might not know what to expect. Here’s what a typical trial may involve:

Arrival
The day or evening before your first dose and there are often some more tests to confirm that you’re still OK to take part.

Dosing
On the morning of dosing it’s often an early start, sometimes 6am, or occasionally, earlier. There may be more tests, often checks on blood pressure, heart rate and possibly blood and urine samples. We usually give you the trial medicine sometime between 6am and 10am.

Meals
Each trial may vary as to timings and frequency of meals. For example; breakfast may be a couple of hours after we’ve given you the test medicine or sometimes you’ll get to eat first. All the details will be in the information sheet given to you for your individual trial.

During your stay with us
The morning when you’re given the test medicine is pretty busy, there are lots of measurements to take. But you don’t have to do anything more than relax on your bed, as we do all the work! The measurements tend to become less frequent as the day goes on. Often by the evening you’ll be able to socialise in one of the lounges with other volunteers.

On days when you’re not being given the test medicine, you’ll be able to make the most of a bit of ‘quiet time’. We’ll still need to take some blood samples and do other tests, but it’s much less intense than on the dosing days.

Our highly-qualified team are on hand 24/7 to keep an eye on everything and answer any questions you might have, but you can sit back and relax, play some games, watch DVDs or play some pool and table tennis.

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