Opening my eyes to the benefits of paid clinical trials

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Alastair has been taking part in paid clinical trials for around seven years

My name is Alastair and I have been volunteering now for around seven years.

I am a landscape designer/gardener and being self-employed gives me the flexibility to do the clinical trials that I can fit in when I’m not so busy.

I came to do clinical trials as my mother also contributed to medical science and this really opened my eyes to what we could do to help each other. I spoke to my GP, various professionals and my family and the rest is history.

After the study is complete, I give some of the money to the British Heart Foundation as they were amazing with my mum. The rest goes into our family holiday pot.

I have recommended the studies to many friends and a lot of them are now regular volunteers. One of the great things about the trials is meeting new people, many of whom I keep in touch with. 

The clinic is always clean, the food is great and with the Sky packages on offer, Wi-Fi, Xbox, pool tournaments and many other activities, you are never bored. 

As far as fitting it in around my family, providing you plan well - it’s easy. Thanks to the amazing staff you are always filled with confidence that you are in safe hands from start to finish.

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