The Boathouse surgery is an actively involved in clinical research

The Research team is headed by Dr Keast who is assisted by our dedicated research nurse Kelly as well as Dr Morgan and Caroline.
Please see below for our current and Upcoming research trials, if you feel you might be eligible for one of our trials or are interested in learning more then please feel free to contact us.

PReDict trial

This is a trial looking at a new method for assessing peoples response to antidepressant medication. Patients between 18 and 70 are eligible if you have been diagnosed with depression by your GP and have not taken an antidepressant in the last month.
Patients responses to changes in faces (happy, sad, scared) are monitored using a new piece of software. The aim being that we can adjust patient’s antidepressant medication sooner than previously able

Early Arthritis trial

This trial is looking at a new blood tests called CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) which may help with the early diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis. It is for patients with new pains in their joints or a strong family history of inflammatory arthritis and involves a simple blood tests and possible follow up depending on the results.


This trial is aiming to reduce the number of contaminated samples that occur when testing for urine infections. Female patients with a possible urine infection are asked to pass urine into a special device (a plastic tube/funnel) to see if than reduce contaminated samples. Please ask your Doctor if you feel you might be eligible.


To determine whether antihypertensive (blood pressure) medication can be reduced or stopped in patients over the age of 80 whilst also maintaining a safe blood pressure.


An exciting trial looking at the effectiveness of a new flu vaccine. This may only need to be used every 3 years. Participants will have both the normal flu vaccine and the new vaccine.


Upcoming trials

Capstone 2

A trial looking at a new medication to treat and reduce complications of Flu in certain patient.