People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have been urged to join the UK’s largest health research programme as it opens new sites in Bedford and Milton Keynes alongside its existing location in Luton.
A mobile clinic is due to open in Bedford at the Tesco Superstore, Riverfield Drive (MK41 0SE) in mid-November and you can find out full details here.
Our Future Health – which today (Monday) announced that it had signed up its one-millionth volunteer – is inviting Bedfordians to book appointments to take part in the research to help people live healthier lives for longer.
The project aims to recruit five million people who truly reflect the UK population to build the most detailed picture ever created of the nation’s health, to help researchers develop new ways to prevent, detect and treat disease.
Working in collaboration with the NHS, the programme is sending invitations to people who live near the new site but anyone over the age of 18 can join.
Felicity Cox, chief executive officer of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, said: “We all know that medical research is transforming the lives of people with conditions which may once have been life-changing or even life-ending.
“This national project needs to reflect the make-up of the UK as it is today so that researchers can really understand the health of the nation.
“The project needs volunteers aged 18+ from all backgrounds in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to step up and help the NHS prepare for future generations. You only need to complete a short questionnaire and attend an appointment to give a blood sample.
“My partner Keith and I both signed up earlier this year, so I can say from personal experience that it doesn’t take long to do your bit, and it’s so easy to sign up.”