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We will be holding drop in clinics at our St Damian’s Surgery, Melksham for our patients to come and discuss their concerns with our management team on:

  • Monday 19th November: 9am until 12 noon & 2pm until 4pm.

  • Wednesday 21st November:  9am until 12 noon & 2pm until 4pm.

There will be two public consultations meeting on:

  • Wednesday 5th December at 2pm at the Assembly Hall Melksham

  • Monday 10th December at 7pm in the Town Hall, Melksham.


Although we understand that you may have questions, it would be helpful if you could attend these specific meetings, where we will try and address your concerns and ensure that you receive all of the information that you need at this time. This will enable us to continue the provision of our clinical care, as normal, until a formal decision has been reached.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials aim to show the benefits and risks of new drugs or treatments, usually by comparing them with the standard treatments in use. During a clinical trial, the treatments being compared are given to patients or healthy members of the public. The researchers then carefully observe and record any differences in their effects on the trial participants over time.

No matter how promising a new treatment may seem in the laboratory, it must be carefully tested through clinical trials so that its effects on patients can be more fully understood. The fact that treatments are new does not always mean that they are more effective than existing therapies, and they might even be harmful. Clinical trials are the best ways to assess whether new treatments are safe, what their side effects are, and whether they work better than the existing standard treatments.

Vital treatments now commonly in use in the NHS were all developed and tested through clinical trials, for example chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Clinical trials have also shown doctors the best way to use these treatments, to help people suffering from life-threatening illnesses to live longer and to experience a better quality of life.

As a result of clinical trials, there have been many health benefits. The Medical Research Council has been funding clinical research for more than 70 years.


The people who volunteer are the most important part of clinical trials. They play an essential part in helping scientists to develop and test treatments for the benefit of everyone in the community.


We are currently participating in studies below:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Atrial Fibrillation

If you are interested in finding out more about any of the above studies, then please speak to your doctor or one of our Research Nurses:

  • Cathy Shute on 01225 860030
  • Sally Barth on 01225 860033

Details of studies we are currently recruiting for appear on our Clinical Trials Notice Boards located within the Health Centre and Winsley. These are updated on a regular basis, so please do take a look.

The Health Centre undertakes many different clinical trials so keep an eye out for new ones.

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