The Royal College of Nursing has announced that industrial action will take place on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February. We'll contact you if your care or your child's care is affected. Ambulance workers are planning strike action on Friday 10 February. Learn more.

A number of transport strikes are due to take place this February. If you or your child has an appointment at one of our hospitals or community centres, please plan ahead and do all you can to attend. If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your clinical team.

What is research?

Research involves studying humans to find out the answer to a question.

This can be about learning to understanding how:

  • a disease works and how we can prevent it or treat it better
  • the body works and how disease affects different people
  • how patients and their families feel about their illness or treatment and how it affects you at school or at home.

A research study can involve:

  • doing a physical examination and following your child for a certain amount of time
  • taking blood tests to check things like your child's immune system or your genes
  • taking scans / pictures to learn more about how your child's body works
  • doing a sleep study and looking at how well your child sleeps
  • trying a new medication or a medication in another way.