Research site visit to Churchill Hospital in Oxford

Research site visit to Churchill Hospital in Oxford Location: Churchill Hospital, Oxford

We recently visited Churchill Hospital in Oxford to find out more about our latest funded study there into childhood meningitis.

The project is being led by Professor Andy Pollard and involves 26 hospitals all over the UK. You can read more about the project here.

Our  members and supporters heard from Professor Pollard and his team about the aims of the study and why it is so important. They also heard from Louise Willis, one of the research nurses working on the project about how they gain consent from families for children to be part of the study. The study needs to recruit children while they are still in hospital and so this can be a stressful time for parents. Approaching parents about research in the right way is really important.

Owain John also talked about the Vaccine Knowledge Project which aims to look at ways of improving the information that people receive about vaccines. You can find out more about the project here.

Jenny Daniels, who’s daughter Charlotte had meningococcal septicaemia in December 2010 said, “Charlotte is a wonderful and amazing little girl. She is now five years old and has learnt to live life without limbs the rest of us take for granted.

“I really welcomed the opportunity to visit the project, and I found out more about the disease so I can help raise awareness and try and prevent this happening to more children.”

If you’d like to join us on future research visits, please contact Gill Currie by email or on 01454 281811.