CLINICAL RESEARCH: The country’s Chief Medical Officer will tomorrow (14 December) open a new £2.45 million clinical research centre at the trust’s Wythenshawe Hospital.

Professor Dame Sally Davies will meet patients and researchers before officially opening the centre, which was built after a successful bid for government funding, UHSM said in a statement.

It added that the new centre meant “the hospital will be able to integrate and significantly grow its healthcare portfolio”, and that “three of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies” had already expressed interest in the facility.

UHSM acting chief executive Karen James said there was clear evidence that people treated in hospitals that undertake clinical trials had better health outcomes, because they were more intensively monitored. She added: “Manchester has some of the poorest health indicators in the country. That’s why we are proud of our track record of taking lab bench work and turning it into patient benefit and the new Centre will help us deliver even more.”