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QEH recruits first Covid-19 patient to trial

QEH recruits first Covid-19 patient to trial

Published by KLFM
6:25am 6th April 2020.

A Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn patient, who is currently receiving treatment for COVID-19, has joined a research trial into a range of potential treatments in the fight against the virus.

The patient is the first from QEH to be recruited to the national Recovery Trial, which will include a range of different treatments to establish evidence about which drugs have proven benefits against COVID-19.

The focus of the trial is drugs commonly used to treat HIV (Lopinavir-Ritonavir), inflammation steroids (low-dose Dexamethasone) and anti-malarial drugs (Hydroxychloroquine).

Dr Antonia Hardcastle, Research Lead at the QEH, said: 

"This is a really important trial, and I am glad we are in the position to offer these novel therapies to our patients in West Norfolk."

Zoe Coton, Research Nurse, said:

"On behalf of the team, we would like to thank everyone for their support in setting up and recruiting our first patient to this ground-breaking trial." 

So far at the QEH, seventy-one patients have tested positive for COVID-19 and 15 of these have been discharged (3 April).