Medical Research

We are proud to be a research practice in association with the National Institute for Health Research 

What is research?

Research is undertaken by members of our practice team (usually our doctors, nurses and members of our wider clinical team such as our pharmacist), in partnership with our patients and sometimes the wider community

Why do we think it’s important to be part of research?

The current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of research in improving care for patients. Research helps build a bridge between science and patient care, delivering new medicines, treatments and ways of working that improve health and wellbeing. We also value patients’ views of care, as this helps us modify, change or implement new ways of healthcare

How much research do we do as a practice?

The Oaks Medical Centre is a very research active practice. For the past two years we have been one of only a few regional Level 3 Research practices; this means each year we participate in at least 8 different research studies each year. Selected studies are always linked to our priorities as a practice, and as identified by our patients and staff. This year has heavily focussed on research to combat the Covid-19 pandemic; this has involved not only trials of new treatments, but also ways of supporting other important issues such as mental health

Who leads our practice research?

We have an experienced research team led by Dr Lucy Laurance and Charlotte Hubbard with administrative support from Sue Thorp. Dinah Noble (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) and David Sharpe (Clinical Pharmacist) have also been heavily involved in research this year! As a team we are supported by staff from the Clinical Research network (CRN) who advise and support us with our chosen studies.

Research topics we have helped investigate 

Mental Health 
Barrett's oesophagus  
Smoking cessation 
Heart & Kidney Protection 

Want to know more or get engaged?

We will contact eligible patients to ask their consideration of studies as we are notified of them. Patients should be reassured that they may opt out of research at any time should they change their mind. Your views and information gained as part of research is completely confidential and will never be shared for other purposes unless with explicit consent. 

Your views and comments are always really important. They help us to better help you and we thank all of our patients who have been so generous with their time and enthusiasm, it is very much appreciated by both our team and the study researchers.

Current research studies you can get involved in: 

Survey on COVID-19 – How we looked after ourselves, what worked and what didn’t

Have you changed your day-to-day life to prevent you, or a loved one, from catching the Coronavirus? If so, we would like to know how and if you think your actions worked.

Have you become ill with Coronavirus-like symptoms since the pandemic started? If so, we would like to know the treatments you have tried and if you think they helped.

Have you had a confirmed case of Coronavirus? If so, we would like to know how long you had symptoms for and how you felt/currently feel.

By filling out our survey through the link above, your answers to these questions will be combined with thousands of others from across the UK. Together we can work towards a better understanding of Coronavirus and how to beat it!

Everyone over the age of 16 is eligible to participant in the study and to thank you for your participation between now and March 2021 they are awarding 62 vouchers (ranging from £5 to £500) as prizes to be won. See the survey for further details.

This survey has been approved by the University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine Research Ethics Committee (reference ERGO 56975) and IRAS (reference 289510). The full study title is: “Retrospective Survey of Prevention, Treatment, Occurrence and Outcomes of Covid-19 in the community (RTO-Covid-19)” it is funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

For further information go to:

National Institute for Health Research

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website