Did you know that we take part in NHS research?

Beacon Medical Group is proud to be involved in clinical research studies within primary care.

We are part of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network for the South West Peninsula. Its aim is to improve the care for all patients by obtaining evidence for better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in Primary Care and we are actively involved in recruiting for a number of studies currently taking place.

Dr Tim Bray, Research GP at Beacon Medical Group, said: “Research is a core function of the NHS and integral to continuing to advance treatments and care for patients. Beacon has decided to offer research opportunities to its patients because, put simply, evidence shows that patients cared for in a research-active organisation have better outcomes.

“Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.”

Many of the research studies we currently offer to patients focus around areas such as disease diagnosis and prevention, management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes, prevention of future ill-health, and treating common conditions such as heartburn.

Targeted Lung Health Checks

  • Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) are being offered locally in your area to support with the early detection and treatment of lung cancer.
  • Those between the ages of 55 and 74 who are current or former smokers will be invited to a TLHC (independently of primary care).
  • The check compromises of two stages, the first is a meeting or a call with a health professional who will assess the participant’s risk of lung cancer. If deemed to be high risk the participant will be invited for a low dose chest CT. The TLHC service will organise this, as required.
  • The TLHC Programme is currently being rolled out across England. Initially it was offered in areas of England with the highest lung cancer mortality rates and is expected to be available nationally by 2024-25 (see appendix seven for the full list of locations currently live).

Please look out for your letter inviting you to attend a FREE Targeted Lung Health Check.

Further information on our website.

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