Why do we do Research

Bay Medical Group (BMG) is proud to be a Research active organisation- we are part of a network of local practices participating in high quality research activities funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network- North West Coast (CRN) https://local.nihr.ac.uk/lcrn/north-west-coast/

As a practice we believe research is a vitally important aspect of the high standard of care we provide to our patients.  Research is a core function of the NHS

How can you help and take part in research at BMG?

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
  • You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room, via the practice website or social media channels

There are various ways of becoming involved in research at BMG:

  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Speaking with a researcher about views/symptoms/medical history
  • Trying a new treatment or medical device
  • New combinations or timings of treatments
  • Providing samples for testing (blood/urine/faeces/breath etc.)

Your participation is entirely voluntary, there is no obligation to take part – you can withdraw yourself at any time throughout the research study process without any explanation required.

Patients that have taken part in research at BMG often speak of the opportunity it has provided them to help others in the future.

Please note: the funding for our research activity is via the Clinical Research Network North West Coast so does not come out of the practice's own budget and therefore does not affect our patients' services