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Dorset Clinical Research Centre (DCRC)

The Dorset Clinical Research Centre (DCRC) provides dedicated research space within University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD) for the delivery of cutting edge research studies with the aim of improving the health of our local community.

This dedicated space was originally used for the Dorset Research Hub and was one of a series of hubs set up across the region by the Wessex Clinical Research Network in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dorset Research Hub enabled members of our community to take part in a number of urgent high-profile COVID-19 vaccine studies. Due to the success of this collaboration and with the full support of the Trust Board, the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership* awarded the UHD Research Department approximately £500,000 to create the Dorset Clinical Trials Unit (DCTU) and to improve the research infrastructure and facilities to allow the team to attract and support further ground-breaking research in Dorset.

The DCRC is part of the DCTU which sits alongside the UHD Research and Development department, providing study management and delivery support to researchers. For further information on the kind of support the DCTU can provide please see the DCTU intranet pages.

*Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led private and public sector partnership, promoting local economic growth and prosperity. Dorset LEP deliver projects that support and develop infrastructure, housing, skills, enterprise and business growth to achieve long-term economic benefit for all in Dorset. For more information visit the Dorset LEP website.

Our Facilities

With the recent investment of just under £500,000 from the Dorset LEP, our research centre provides space, equipment and staff within a state-of-the-art research facility to support our clinical researchers, industry partners and our patients to deliver high quality clinical research.

The DCRC can be found on the ground floor of the West Wing of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, in between Outpatients and Boots Pharmacy.

The DCRC has its own reception and waiting area providing a comfortable space to welcome patients and visitors. The space is also equipped to provide the perfect environment for small research or study-related public and patient involvement (PPI) and focus groups as well as other relevant research forums. We also provide dedicated wheelchair access which links directly to the hospital's disabled car park.

Our facilities include:

  • Eleven consulting rooms, all with access to the UHD IT system and WiFi. We also provide Phlebotomy Chairs; BP monitors; ECG workstation; Spirometry equipment; Vein Finder; Infusion Pumps. Consulting rooms and equipment for patient visits can booked via our DCTU/DCRC team.
  • Sample processing laboratory, with Class II Biological Safety Cabinet; Refrigerated Centrifuge; temperature monitored sample storage fridge and -20°C freezer; access to managed -80°C freezers
  • Clean prep and store room
  • Medication prep room with temperature monitored medication fridge linked to Pharmacy.
  • DCTU meeting room with AV equipment
  • DCTU staff offices and break-out areas to accommodate our administration team with bookable hot-desking spaces available for our researchers and study monitors.

DCRC staff

We have a team of dedicated specialist research nurses and clinical trials assistants who are trained in the delivery of clinical research studies. If you would like to get in touch with the team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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