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Clinical research facilities

The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at the Royal London Hospital and the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Whipps Cross University Hospital are the two core Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) of Barts Health NHS Trust. Both provide the facilities and staff to support our researchers and run high quality clinical trials. They provide safe and secure units where patients can be recruited, managed and seen and both units operate in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Both the CRC and CRU are managed and overssen by the Barts Health-QMUL Joint Research Management Office (JRMO).

 Royal London Hospital CRC

The CRC provides both the facilities and the staff to undertake commercial or non-commercial clinical trials. It is located in the heart of the new Royal London Hospital, on the eleventh floor, enabling easy access to all hospitals support departments and is in close proximity to the A&E department.

The CRC has a waiting room, four outpatient consulting rooms, a sample processing laboratory and a large open plan area which is currently used as an out-patient assessment area. well as ample storage areas and space for study monitors.  Our plan is to convert CRC into a 6 bedded patient facility.

The CRC is suitable for trials in a range of clinical specialties and all CRC staff are experienced in handling studies that include multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, motor neurone disease, migraine, dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology, renal medicine, diabetes, surgery, infection and Oncology. 

Around 45 clinical trials are conducted in the CRC every year ranging from experimental medicine/ proof of concept studies to Phase II-IV clinical trials in medicines and medical devices for both commercial and non-commercial sponsors and with the new in-patient facilities we will be able to undertake early in-patient 1b studies.

The Whipps Cross University Hospital CRU

The CRU provides facilities and the staff to undertake commercial or non-commercial clinical trials. It is located in the heart of Whipps Cross University Hospital on the ground floor of the main hospital adjacent to the A&E department.

The CRU consists of a patient reception/ waiting room, two outpatient consulting rooms, 3 mini-wards of 4 beds, a sample processing laboratory and a large open plan staff office as well as ample storage areas and space for study monitors.

The CRU is suitable for trials in a range of clinical specialties and all CRU staff are experienced in handling studies that include Dermatology, Gastroenterology and Cardiology.

Around 30 clinical trials are conducted in the CRU every year ranging from experimental medicine/proof of concept studies to Phase II-IV clinical trials in medicines and medical devices for both commercial and non-commercial sponsors.

Contact us

If you are:

  • A commercial company looking for local sites for your trials and are interested in finding out more about our CRCs
  • A prospective researcher contemplating undertaking a study; or
  • An individual requiring research nursing / admin support.

Please contact Jo Morgan, Acting CRC/ CRU Business Manager on 020 8535 6953 or email: jo.morgan@bartshealth.nhs.uk  

If you are

  • An existing researcher, user or sponsor of a clinical trial currently being undertaken in one of the Core CRFs; or
  • A Member of the Trust support services requiring information about Core CRF studies.

Please contact Ausra Zdanaviciene, Lead Nurse Manager for RLH enquiries on 020 7882 7150 or by email: ausra.zdanaviciene@bartshealth.nhs.uk

Please contact Jenny Higgins, CRU Lead Nurse for WX enquires on Tel: 020 8539 5522 ext 4392 or 6730 or by email: jenny.higgins@bartshealth.nhs.uk

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