Ringmead Medical Practice

Postal Address - Ringmead Medical Practice, Birch Hill Medical Centre, Leppington, Bracknell, RG12 7WW

Sites - Birch Hill Medical Centre, Great Hollands Health Centre and Crowthorne Surgery

PCN - The Health Triangle

Telephone: 01344 20 80 60

Covid-19 Vaccine Trial

Thursday, 26 November 2020

You may have recently received a letter from us regarding a Covid-19 Vaccine trial. We thought we would give you some background as to why it was sent.

Ringmead Medical Practice is a research-ready practice and participates in many important national and local research studies. We are part of NIHR (National Institute for Health Research portfolio) who fund high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health & social care, provide learning and enabling researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future. Our practice is also an RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) Surveillance Centre and is currently participating in Covid-19/flu swabbing studies as well the PRINCIPLE study to develop effective treatment for Covid-19 disease.

The Thames Valley NIHR team initially asked all the research-ready practices to participate in the Covid-19 Vaccine developmental study. We expressed an interest as this would benefit our patients as well as wider population and the NHS. At the end only Oxford GP practices were chosen as the study team are based in Oxford.

We were approached by Synexus who is conducting the same Covid-19 vaccine trial on behalf of Novovax and the practice felt this would benefit our patients. This same study is also happening at Oxford, but patients would have to travel to Oxford if they choose to participate. By partnering with Synexus, our patients have an opportunity to be involved in this important study locally, in Bracknell. Participation is completely voluntary. Ringmead Medical Practice has not given any personal details to third parties and letters to eligible patients were sent from Ringmead Medical Practice only.

For further information on patient participation please see the NIHR website.