The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Opening for Children’s Clinical Research Facility

12 June 2018

On Monday 11 June HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened the brand new Children’s Clinical Research Facility at Leeds Children’s Hospital, part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Countess, who is Patron of Leeds Children’s Hospital, unveiled a plaque at the new facility which has been in the planning for over two years. The facility houses six beds in total, providing a separate area where children who are taking part in clinical research will have access to specialist equipment and medication, whilst being cared for by a team of dedicated professionals.

Linda Pollard CBE DL Hon.LLD, Chair at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust commented: “It was a privilege and a pleasure to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to our wonderful Children’s Hospital. As patron The Countess has been a fantastic support and we are honoured that HRH unveiled the plaque at our new facility.”

Professor Adam Glaser, Research Lead at Leeds Children’s Hospital added: “Leeds Children’s Hospital is a leading recruiter to national and international clinical trials. The new Clinical Research Facility offers a dedicated age-appropriate state of the art research unit. This will support us to continue to increase, year on year, the number of young people who can participate in research, which we know they want to do and we know improves clinical outcomes”.

The facility has been made possible thanks to the generous donation to Leeds Cares from Dr Maurice Benard and Mrs Asneth Benard in loving memory of their grandson, Jeremy Neil Allen.

Countess of Wessex

David Welch, Chief Executive at Leeds Cares said “Firstly I’d like to say a huge thank you to HRH for officially opening the unit. We are enormously grateful for the charitable donation made by Dr and Mrs Bernard, without whom this facility would not be possible. Their personal connection to this project is very moving and we are very proud to be a part of this. The impact that this facility will have is clear but we cannot make this difference to the world of research without the ongoing generosity of our donors.”

The Leeds Children’s Hospital Research Team supports a range of specialities in the Children’s Hospital to increase research activity.  Historically, this activity has taken place within wards and outpatients, however, it was recognised that there was a need for a dedicated research facility area following an increase in activity.

The brand new paediatric site is now an integral part of the wider Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility (CRF).