Trials4patients Richmond Pharmacology volunteer recruitment

Volunteer feedback

Matthew Roberts, October 2008

"I participated in the trial as my MS was getting worse and if I had not gone on the trial I would probably have died. I was finally able to rest and read while in-house as before the trial this was very difficult. The staff was very helpful and nice."

Nina Karapetian, October 2008

"I participated in this clinical trial because I have MS.i spent my time in-house,sleeping,using the internet and watching tv as well as swapping MS information with other trial patients. The staff on the ward was very friendly and helpful and I would participate in another trial."

Simone Mescal, October 2008

"I participated in this clinical trial to try and help get a cure for MS.During my stay I met a lot of nice people and we spoke a lot. The staff was very nice, helpful and kind, I would not have gotten better care anywhere else."

Carol Carey, October 2008

"I participated in the trial obviously for the money but more importantly I have MS and I have struggled with DMD's which need to be injected so I think its very important to have a DMD which you can take orally. I was part of a very co-hesive group, made many friends and spent a lot of time with the new friends discussing how MS affects us and our families. Although the trial periods where very regimented, this was necessary for things to give us a successful outcome. The staff were very friendly and flexible. I would participate in more trials as it's nice to give and not want to receive. This is a good way of advancing clinical knowledge. It's important for each participant to be given a schedule so we all know what's going on. It's also very important to ask questions and not be afraid."

Natalie Adams, October 2008

"I am a MS sufferer and therefore take part in clinical trials. I was very comfortable during my stay-special thanks to Bibi, Shami and Tasha. I have already recommended people to do this trial as I feel it's worthwhile for many different people for different reasons."

Raymond John Newson October 2008

"I participated in the trial to find a treatment for MS. The staff were really helpful. I spent most of my time catching up on my computer. I would recommend this trial to friends for medical reasons."

Fiona Livingstone, October 2008

"I participated in this trial to help find a new treatment for MS. I spent my time in-house using the computer, watching tv and watching DVD's. The staff were mostly very helpful. I would definitely participate in another trial and I would recommend a friend or family member especially if it can help their condition."

Christopher Mcnamara, October 2008

"I realise that if we are to have new and better treatments for MS then people with MS have to step up and be willing to participate in trials. It's only for a few weeks and I was happy to do so. I used the time to catch up on my reading and chat with other volunteers mostly. Although a diverse bunch, we had MS in common, and it was nice to chat, compare experiences and we're all going to stay in touch now that the trial is over. The staff were fabulous, always kind and considerate, and smiling even at the end of a night shift. I would certainly consider doing another trial. It wasn't too trying and none of us seemed any the worse for the experience. If I had a friend or family member who was suitable, I would definitely recommend them."

Brett Saunders, October 2008

"I participated in the clinical trial as I believe there is a need for an oral medication for Multiple Sclerosis. I spent my time in-house reading, sleeping and using the internet, my usual routine when I am at home. The staff on the ward was all very friendly and helpful. I would definitely participate in another trial as well as I would recommend anyone who would be willing to help."

Gail Orchard, October 2008

"I participated in the Multiple Sclerosis trial as having MS there is always the hope of finding a cure or solution for the illness. I spent the time on the ward reading and catching up with friends on the internet. The staff is wonderful, they are very friendly and helpful. I would pass the information for the MS trial onto my friends and colleagues and recommend that they partake in this particular trial."

Christopher P McNamara, October 2008

"The main reason I participated in the MS trial is because I have always been up for a challenge! The time I spent during the in-house period was spent reading, chatting to other volunteers and listening to music. The staff was really fabulous! They are friendly, kind and helpful. I would participate in another trial; the only way we will get better treatments is to provide volunteers to test them on. When you participate in the trial you have to be patient and enjoy the chance to rest, relax and take it easy."

Joanna Lucey, August 2008

"I participated in a medical trial in the hope that it would assist in our fight to feel well and a much better life for all other MS sufferers. During the in-house periods I watched TV, read my books, played my Nintendo DS and made new friends. I'd give the staff 10 out of 10. Personally, it was better than being in a hotel. I would participate in another trial, my experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I feel kind of sad it's over. The advice I would give other volunteers is not to worry. It's easy and see it as a paid holiday. I put suggestions in the box on the ward and they were dealt with by my next stay."

Linda Thomas, August 2008

"The reason I participated in a medical trial was to help people and to get paid. I spent the in-house periods on the computer, reading and conversing. The staff was very helpful. I would recommend participating because of the hope that it might help other people in the future. My advice to other volunteers would be: Keep your spirits up at all times. Bring books to read. The experience was, on the whole, a pleasant time. It went faster than I thought it would. I would do it again."

Stephen Draper, August 2008

"The main reason for me to participate in a trial was to try and help people with MS and the money. During the in-house periods I read, watched TV and slept. I found the staff to be very friendly, keen and helpful. I would do another trial. I would recommend a friend or family member to do a trial, because if no one did the trials medicine would not progress. I do not have any suggestions, or things that other volunteers should know as everything is well covered in the information pack."

Mark Fowler, August 2008

"The reason I participated in a medical trial is the progression of the drug study. I spent my time relaxing, watching TV and reading. I found the staff excellent, friendly and helpful. I would take part in another trial. I would recommend a friend."

Janet Channon, August 2008

"I participated in a medical trial because I have MS (secondary progressive). During the in-house periods I spent my time resting and having pills. The staff was very helpful. I would participate in another trial and would recommend participating to friends or family. Medical research is important to find out the cause of the problem."

Julia Upton, August 2008

"I participated in a medical trial to enable the pharmaceutical industry to get an oral treatment for MS onto the market. During the in-house periods I spent my time reading, talking, surfing the net and watching TV. The staff was fantastic. I would recommend doing a medical trial because it gives people an opportunity to participate in something that will benefit a large group of people, by enhancing or prolonging their lives. My advice would be to relax, be patient. Focus on the big rather than small picture, e.g. give staff the time to do their job. Don't see this as a money making venture but as an opportunity to give something back."

Andrew Moles, May 2006

"The reason I decided to take part in a clinical trial was purely out of curiosity of what is involved in the process of getting a drug onto the market. I had chosen to come to Richmond Pharmacology as it was the only Clinical Research Organisation to offer a trial that involved testing a drug for Renal Patients.

During the day on the ward, I spend most of my time relaxing and reading newspapers as well as when I stay overnight I have some time to watch television. I think that there is a good atmosphere on the ward and the facilities are very nice. I found the staff at Richmond Pharmacology to be very polite and friendly. I would definitely recommend a friend to par take in a clinical trial as I feel it is safe and everything runs smoothly."

Donato Marcantoniou, May 2006

"I decided to take part in a clinical trial because I felt it was good to be part of something that aids in the development of new medication and provides a cure for all renal patients. The reason I chose Richmond Pharmacology was because I had come to St Georges Hospital for dialysis and RPL is based at St Georges, I then became aware of the trial for renal patents. I have found the staff to be friendly and the facilities are good. I spend most of my time relaxing on the ward. I would recommend a friend to Richmond Pharmacology but only if they wanted me to."

Alan Peter Balfre, May 2006

"I decided to take part in a clinical trial because my senior consultant thought I would be the perfect candidate for such a study. During my time on the ward I like to sleep, eat and watch television. I have found the staff at Richmond Pharmacology to be very good as they always provide me with whatever I need. I would definitely recommend a friend to par take in a clinical trial at Richmond Pharmacology as it will allow for more people to help find a cure for all conditions."

Virginia Campos, April 2006

"I decided to take part in a clinical trial because of the money and also to develop a cure for all people suffering from asthma. I looked at other CROs but went with Trials4us because the timing was convenient.

During the day I read, watch TV, surf the internet and talk to the other volunteers and staff. I have found the facilities to be good.

The staff has been wonderful and I feel very much at home. I would definitely recommend trials4us to my friends because of the money I would receive for the recommendation as well as it is safe."

Andrez Garrido, April 2006

"The main reason I took part in this Asthma study is because of the money and also the time needed to participate in this trial is very brief.

I enjoy reading and surfing the web during my time spent here. I have found the staff to be very friendly and the facilities are good as there are no Hassels with the availability of the computers.

I have already recommended trials4us to a friend."

Carl Kopi Tsikata, April 2006

"I decided to take part in a clinical trial because I needed the money in order to pay for my studies and I am unable to find a job at the present time. Trials4us is the only CRO I came about with regard to asthma.

I have spent most of my time relaxing, watching TV and surfing the web. I feel like trials4us provides volunteers with a very comfortable environment as well as the staff are very good.

I would definitely recommend trials4us to a friend as I believe that trials4us make sure that everyone participating on the trial is suitable, making the trial as safe as possible."

Nicola Reynolds, January 2006

"I found out about taking part in the dental pain study through a Richmond Pharmacology representative. I decided to take part because of the money and also having never taken part in a study before it sounded interesting.

Taking part in the trial involved screening, blood tests, ECGs and obviously the tooth extraction.

I have found the staff and facilities to be nice and would recommend Trials4patients to my friends. On a whole I would rate the experience with a 6, the only thing was due to the nature of the study I had to sit still and I wanted to watch TV!"

Rob Anderson, January 2006

"A phone call from Richmond Pharmacology made me aware of the study. I decided to take part because I thought it would be interesting. Taking part involved a pre examination or screening, the week before surgery then 2 nights in the Richmond wards, giving blood samples and being attached to various monitors measuring my heart rate and so on, whilst taking the study medication for pain relief.

I have found the treatment and care from the staff very good, the facilities were also good and I would recommend Trials4patients to my friends. Overall I would give Richmond a 9 out of 10."

R Shanmugasundaram, January 2006

"Claire from Richmond Pharmacology contacted me about taking part in the study, and I decided to take part because the dates were convenient and it's good to know I am helping to develop new medications and I hope this will help in the future. Overall the team was fantastic! And the facilities were very good, I will recommend Trials4patients to my friends. I give Richmond 9 out of 10."

Vanessa Nel, January 2006

"I received a letter from Richmond Pharmacology inviting me to take part in the study. I decided to take part because I wanted to have my tooth removed sooner rather then waiting for the NHS, also the money was good but that was not the main reason. Taking part involved pre screening, 24 hours heart monitoring, ECGs, blood tests and then the surgery.

I have found the treatment to be very good from the staff and the wards are clean and tidy. On the whole I give Trials4patients a 9 out of 10 and a 10 for having the tooth out!"