The Research team at Yeovil are at the heart of the hospital paving the way for the future, with new techniques and drugs being trialled to be used on current and future patients.

Previously Yeovil Hospital has been involved in keyhole surgery research trials which nationally have changed the way many patients are now operated on; moving away from open surgery to be able to conduct keyhole surgery, which has made a huge difference on patients’ recovery times. The department have also been recognised globally for excellent outcomes in their stroke research studies, being named top recruiters of small acute hospitals nationally into stroke studies for the fourth year running in 2018.

The research unit was first opened in 1995 with just two research nurses. The department has now expanded to 17 members including 13 research nurses.

Joanna Allison, Manager of the Research and Development department said: “We are so lucky to have such an active research department within Yeovil Hospital. We wanted to hold an event for our patients and staff to share some of the great work we do daily. It was a fabulous afternoon. The speakers were excellent and there was a real buzz in the room. We had some lovely feedback about the event and 100 percent of people would recommend the event to family or friends.

“Patients said they liked learning about new surgical techniques and understanding about the various trials we do locally.”

Surgical Registrar & 3rd Year PhD candidate Nathan Curtis gave an excellent presentation on research through the ages and covered some of the trials currently taking place at Yeovil Hospital.

The clinical research department at Yeovil Hospital is currently running more than 110 studies. If you are interested in taking part in a study or would like to know more about the research taking place at Yeovil Hospital please go to:


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