Taking part in research can have benefits for your health.
From being offered more time and extra tests from the healthcare team to the possibility of being one of the first to benefit from a new treatment. But it's important you weigh up these benefits against the risks for your specific circumstances, including the risk of coming into contact with someone with COVID-19.
Your safety is our top priority. Here is what we are doing to keep you safe during your appointment.
We want to keep you away from healthcare settings if we can.
Instead of coming in for an appointment you may be offered a phone or video appointment.
This reduces the risk of face-to-face contact with others on the way to the clinic, in the waiting room or doctor's office.
If you do need to come in we may ask you to complete some parts of your study visit in advance to minimise the amount of time you need to spend with us.
On the day of your appointment if you or any members of your household have symptoms of COVID-19 please stay at home.
Let us know and we will book you a new appointment for when you are better.
Healthcare settings that you usually attend may look different to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
On arrival, you may have your temperature checked. You must wear a mask unless you are exempt.
Please bring your own but many hospitals will offer you one when you arrive.
When arriving or leaving a healthcare setting please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Or use hand sanitiser if that's not possible.
Please follow signage and one-way systems to minimise your movements on site.
When you reach your appointment, our staff will be there to greet you.
We will all be wearing masks.
We are following the government's social distancing guidance including limiting the number of appointments to avoid crowded waiting rooms.
Extra cleaning has been put in place focussing on areas people touch and facilities like toilets.
Let staff know if you have any concerns about cleanliness.
During your appointment, we may need to come closer to you to perform tests.
We will be wearing masks and other safety equipment but please let us know if you are nervous or worried.
We hope we have answered your questions about what we are doing to keep you safe.
Your clinician or nurse will be happy to discuss any further concerns you may have.
Thank you for being a part of research.
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