Staff at the Royal Bolton Hospital are conducting vital research in the fight against coronavirus.
Researchers are working with staff from pathology, pharmacy and critical care on two trials and looking to implement a third.
In one study, being rolled out nationally by Public Health England, data is being collected about patients who are positive for Covid-19. Information about travel, who they may have picked up the virus from, age, background and other details will help better understanding of the virus and those at most risk.
A second trial, on behalf of the University of Edinburgh, which had been looking at influenza is being extended to include coronavirus. This involves taking DNA samples from patients with the virus who have been admitted to critical care but have no previous medical history that might have put them at increased risk. This is aimed at understanding why such patients have been so seriously ill.
The hospital is also looking to implement the Recovery Trial, being overseen by the National Institute of Health Research. This is looking at the efficacy of a number of treatments, already used in other conditions, and are intended to improve recovery from Covid-19.
Research Nurse Scott Latham, who is co-ordinating the research for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, explained that appropriate consents were always sought and the research is being undertaken under strict infection controls.
He said: “This research is really important in understanding and tackling the virus. We’re proud that here in Bolton we’re doing our bit to help.”