Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Volunteers Needed Across Southport and Formby to Help the NHS to Study a Ground-breaking Cancer Detection Test

Invitations have been going out to hundreds of volunteers across Southport and Formby asking them to return to help the NHS study a ground-breaking cancer detection test.

The participants will have blood samples taken at a mobile clinic situated at the Esplanade Park and Ride car park (PR8 1SB) from Friday, 17th February to Monday, 13th March in their second appointment for the NHS-Galleri trial.

Participants will be helping to investigate whether the multi-cancer blood screening test can help to detect cancer early, before symptoms appear.

After the NHS-Galleri trial was launched nationally in Cheshire and Merseyside during September 2021, it successfully enrolled more than 140,000 volunteers from many different backgrounds across England, including over 22,000 from across our region.

The study has already returned to Runcorn, Warrington, St Helens, Liverpool and Widnes and will move to Chester, Wirral, Crewe and Macclesfield after Southport, with volunteers contacted directly to attend their second screening.

The Galleri blood test, if successful, could play a major part in achieving the NHS Long Term Plan ambition to catch three-quarters of cancers at an early stage, when they are generally easier to treat.

Patients who need more information on the clinical trial, can go to: https://www.nhs-galleri.org

GPs who require more information should see https://www.nhs-galleri.org/about-the-trial/clinical-resources and primary care staff should follow this link: https://www.nhs-galleri.org/about-the-trial/clinical-resources-for-primary-care-staff