Research and Development

You can keep up to date with the research studies we are involved with here, or via our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.


Please do get in touch with any queries or for further information about any of the studies we are currently running via 

 If you'd like to know more about research and how you can contribute, please visit the Be Part of Research site,, which is run by the National Institute for Health Research.

PRINCIPLE STUDY- Urgent Public Health Study

Bay Medical Group is supporting vital COVID 19 research. As part of this, we are helping to carry out a national priority research study called PRINCIPLE.

 If you have symptoms of COVID 19 you may be eligible to join this important study. 

 If you'd like to discuss taking part in PRINCIPLE, please contact us or visit for full details of this study. 

you can also read about the latest results here

 Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) & Research & Surveillance Centre (RSC) – VIROLOGY SURVEILLANCE SCHEME

The Royal College of General Practitioners & Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) provides clinical surveillance data and collects virological specimens from a representative national sample of general practices.

Its role is primarily to confirm cases of influenza, but also to look at the impact of other diseases, and to characterise more vulnerable populations. The RSC also supports the evaluation of vaccine effectiveness.

BMG are taking part in the general virological surveillance scheme which, continues to be a very important part of national surveillance.  The scheme is a programme to measure the effectiveness of the influenza vaccination and is also, used for surveillance of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, throughout the winter.

The burden of influenza during winter months and now the COVID-19 pandemic on the National Health Service is significant.  COVID-19 surveillance is vital for public health surveillance. It enables us to monitor the spread of the virus over time, across age groups and regions in a nationally representative population. This type of surveillance is essential for estimating the burden of disease and informs modelling of the progression of the pandemic in England.

Why am I being offered a swab?

You may be offered a swab if your GP or clinical practitioner suspects you may be suffering or have recently suffered from Flu, COVID-19 or a similar respiratory illness.  By providing this swab, you are enabling public health bodies to make crucial public health decisions.

What happens now?

The samples which you provide will be sent to PHE laboratory at Colindale to be tested for various respiratory illnesses including COVID-29, Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

For more information about the surveillance scheme, accessing your swab results and data protection please read through the patient information sheet here: Virology Surveillance

Further Enquiries

If you have further enquiries regarding the Oxford RCGP research and Surveillance Centre- PHE virology surveillance scheme please contact the BMG research Team. Alternatively if you require further details you can contact the RCGP team by emailing

RCGP & RSC Serology Surveillance for COVID-19

Bay Medical Group is taking part in the RCGP & RSC serology surveillance for COVID-19.  We are collecting blood samples to look at the background immunity of the population to COVID-19.  COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and its effect on humans. analysing the blood samples will help us better understand the virus. If you attend an appointment for a prescheduled blood test you may be asked for an extra sample of blood, it is entirely voluntary and you do not have to take part. 


Understanding of  antibody response to COVID-19 is in its early stages and there is currently very little experience regarding use of antibody tests.  As this virus is new, there is not enough information about what levels of antibodies would mean adequate protection.  The results from the lab will not provide any information on whether you are protected from COVID-19 or not. Hence it is not possible to give either antibody result or interpretation of antibody result for COVID-19 to practices or patients. 

Further information here PIS Serology Serveillance

 Virus Watch Study

The Virus Watch Study is an Urgent Public Health Study they are looking for households to join and help them understand how Covid-19 acts and spreads.

Virus Watch results are proving vital in informing government planning, public health and NHS responses to Covid-19

 Follow the link below to read about the early preliminary findings from the team click here Findings – Virus Watch Study – join with your household to help us stop the spread of COVID-19 (



Bay Medical are happy to be supporting this important study The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study is for people 16yrs+ who have experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression during their life.


*if you decide to take part please select “Bay Medical Group” for where you saw this study*