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Volunteers wanted to take part in national vascular research study

stethoscope[N]orth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is taking part in a nationwide research project which is looking at different ways services for vascular disease could be provided in the UK and is looking for volunteers in Cumbria who would like to take part.

Vascular services are health care treatments for people who have vascular disease including conditions such as varicose veins, venous leg ulcers and carotid arterial disease, which is linked to strokes.

The study is interested in the study participants’ views about how far people have to travel to be treated for vascular disease. The research study is part of a five-year research study, funded by the Department of Health, to evaluate vascular services in the UK. The result of the study will be used to make recommendations about how vascular services could be better organised to produce the most benefit for the patients.

Any member of the general public, who is over 18 and does not suffer from a vascular condition is welcome to take part in the study.

Participants who agree to take part will then be asked to have a one-time only telephone interview with a member of the research team. The interview will be one-to-one, with just you and the researcher. You will also be sent some documents through the post for you to look at during the interview. The interview may take up to 20-30 minutes to complete.

The information gathered will help improve the treatment and care provision to people with vascular disease.

Lesley Robinson, vascular nurse practitioner for the Trust said: “Findings from research like this will help our vascular patients in the future. It means we can locate and structure clinics to improve early identification and intervention which will result in improved outcomes for patients who would be able to receive advice or treatment at an earlier stage in their pathway.”

If you would like to volunteer to take part in the study please contact:

CIC: Contact Zoe Saunders [email protected] / Toni Wilson [email protected]

R&D Department, Education Centre, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HY.

Tel: 01228 814697

WCH: Contact Jenna Kane: [email protected] Tel: 01946 523410

R&D Department, Clinical Research Unit, Upper Staff Hostel, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, CA28 8JG.

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