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Help find treatments for COVID-19

Clinical Trials

Following the recent rise in the number of cases across Northern Ireland, local health leaders and researchers are appealing for people over the age of 65, or over 50 with a pre-existing condition, and with typical COVID-19 symptoms to take part in a treatment study called PRINCIPLE.

As a community-based primary care COVID-19 trial, no face-to-face visits are required of those taking part – just telephone or internet access – and participant packs will be couriered to patient’s homes.

The study is looking at patients who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because of age, or pre-existing health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

The trial’s mission is to find treatments for COVID-19 for people in the community who are at higher risk of complications. Health leaders want to find medicines that can help people get better quickly and stop them from needing to go to hospital.

Professor Nigel Hart, Co-Lead for the Primary Care group of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network said: “Whilst a lot of attention has shifted towards the hopes for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, we still need to have treatments for those who contract the virus and prevent them needing to be admitted to hospital. We would appeal to those eligible to get in touch with the PRINCIPLE Study Coordinating Centre to register their interest.”

Those who meet the criteria can self-enrol in the study, even if your GP practice is not directly recruiting – visit the PRINCIPLE website for more information. You can also telephone the study team on 0800 138 0880 for further information.

Further details about the study can be found at: www.principletrial.org