Former stroke patient calls for more people to take part in research

A former stroke patient cared for at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is calling on more people to take part in vital research projects to help identify new treatments for the condition.

Richard Thackeray, 72, from Corsham, has taken part in two research trials at the RUH since he was rushed into the hospital with a bleed on the brain in December 2021.

One of the trials he has been involved with has investigated the role that lowering a person’s blood pressure can play in reducing brain injuries, while another has looked at the effectiveness of a medicine used to reduce blood clots. Speaking during National Stroke Awareness Month, a campaign to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of strokes, Richard said: “The trials have been really easy to take part in and I’ve only needed to attend the RUH occasionally – a lot of it is done from home.

“After my stroke I was in hospital for nine days. It was a scary time but I was very well looked after and was happy to volunteer for the research trials. The staff have been great, really supportive, and it’s been a very straightforward process.

“It’s important that people take part in research like this or we’re just not going to progress with treatments and medication.

“It feels good to know you’re doing something that could make a real difference to people in the future and have a really positive impact on their health.”

Dr Kelly Spencer, Head of Research Operations at the RUH, said: “The RUH has a well-deserved reputation as a research active hospital and we’re really fortunate to have people in our community supporting us. Research is a great example of what we can achieve working together.

“We always have a number of research trials underway in a range of different specialities, so please do get in touch if you would like to help.”

For more information about the studies underway visit the RUH website at RUH Research and Development. You can also email or call 01225 825738.

You can find more information about the types and causes of stroke and the support available on the Stroke Association website: