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Clinical research facilities

The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at the Royal London Hospital and the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Whipps Cross University Hospital provide 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 CRF are managed and overssen by the Barts Health-QMUL Joint Research Management Office (JRMO).

 Royal London Hospital CRC

The Royal London Hospital CRC is ISO9001 accredited which means that it operates under a quality management system which ensures it conducts its operation to defined quality standards.

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. Our plan is to convert the latter into a 6 bedded in-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 and Oncology. 

Around 40 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 CRF

The Whipps Cross University Hospital CRF 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 CRF 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. Around 25 clinical trials are conducted in the CRF 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 Dr Paul Astin, CRC Manager on 020 7882 8439 or by email: paul.astin@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 on 020 7882 7150 or by email: ausra.zdanaviciene@bartshealth.nhs.uk

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