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You may be asked to take part in one of our research studies, either while you are waiting to come into hospital, while you are in hospital or after you have returned home. If so, you will be given detailed information about the study and time to decide whether or not to take part. There is no obligation to do so and your treatment will not be affected in any way if you say ‘No’ or if you say ‘Yes’ but change your mind at some later date and withdraw.
We may need to access your medical records to carry out research. Before doing so, we would present a plan of investigation to the Research Ethics Committee for their approval so be assured that the research will be conducted to high standards, and that your personal details will be kept confidential.