At The Westbank Practice, we think it is important to be research active and from time to time, your GP may invite to take part in a particular clinical trial; we will never give your details to a research team without your specific written consent. There are rigorous processes in place, including a review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee, to protect the rights, dignity, safety and wellbeing of participants in research. Over 24,000 patients and healthy members of the public take part in clinical research in the South West of England.

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help test treatments or approaches to prevention or diagnosis of health conditions to evaluate whether they are safe and effective. Each trial is designed to keep risk to a minimum. Clinical trials are one stage of long and thorough health research. Trials are carried out in carefully planned phases, allowing researchers to ask and answer questions in a way to provide reliable information in the best interests of the participants. Trials are an important part of the process the NHS goes through in making decisions about which approaches to prevent, diagnose or treat conditions should be made available to the public.

Research study participants say benefits of taking part include:

  • Learning more about their health condition and how best to manage it
  • Feeling empowered
  • Access to the very latest treatments
  • Feeling good knowing helping others even if not going to necessarily reap the benefits directly themselves
  • Satisfaction of contributing to medical advances
  • Reassured health care professionals are doing their best for their patients
  • Reassured by closer monitoring of their health condition
  • Research gives hope

We are frequently asked about trials looking into dementia and would recommend as an excellent resource. To find out what clinical research studies are running nationally, shows the database held by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is the research arm of the NHS and allows you to search a whole range of conditions. At the Practice, information about local studies are posted on the waiting room screen (paper copy in folder) or where suitable, you may receive a personal invitation from your doctor.


The Surgery
Church Street
Devon EX6 8PZ

Reception opening hours
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.00pm
(Closed from 1pm on Thursdays)

01626 890368


The Limes Surgery
Church Stile
Devon EX6 8DF

Reception opening hours
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.00pm

01392 833230

The Westbank Practice provides family General Practice (GP) services to patients living in its catchment area.