Sandyford is very proud to be involved in research projects. The aims of these projects are varied, some involving the use of new drugs or treatments used in sexual health.
Others involve assessing new ways of providing care or asking service users about their knowledge, experiences or opinions. The purpose of all the research projects undertaken is to improve treatment, care or services for future service users.
When patients attend Sandyford, they are given a registration form to complete. One of the questions asks if they are happy to be contacted for research purposes. If agreeable they will be contacted by Sandyford staff and asked if they would like to take part when a research project is being undertaken. Taking part rarely benefits the patient at that time but may help service users in the future.
All research projects involving service users have to be approved by The Sandyford Research Governance group.
Patients do not have to take part in a research project just because they agreed to be contacted about research.