A Dales GP practice is taking part in a national clinical trial to test a potential treatment for the coronavirus.
Reeth Medical Centre has joined a national trial for hydroxychloroquine, a drug which doctors believe may help in the treatment of COVID-19.
The GP surgyer has issued an appeal to its patients to find people who would be willing to take part in the trial.
Participants must be either over 65 or over 50 with long-term health problems, who have a continuous cough and/or a high temperature and have had it for less than eight days.
The trial is only open to patients already registered at Reeth Medical Centre.
Dr Mike Brookes, partner at the Swaledale surgery, said: “At the moment we’re looking at a treatment called hydroxychloroquine and we’re looking for people who have symptoms of a coronavirus infection.
“That’s a high temperature and a continuous cough. We’re looking for people who’ve had these symptoms in the last seven days to invite them to participate in our study.
“We’re looking for people aged over 65, or who are aged over 50 and have had long term health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure.
“If we can get as many people as we can from this centre, and they’re multiple centres across the UK, hopefully we can get some quick and meaningful data to guide what we do to try to help improve people’s experience of coronavirus.”
US president Donald Trump has promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine, a common anti-malaria drug, to treat COVID-19.
If you’re a patient at Reeth Medical Centre who meets the criteria, and want to take part in the drugs trial, click here.
You can find out more about the trial, and see if your local medical centre, is taking part here. [kofi]