Location and facilities
The current facilities for clinical research in Belfast City Hospital include space for clinical research within the existing 40-chair day hospital for cancer patients, and in-patient beds for patients on research protocols are provided in wards in the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital Haematology Unit and in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The clinical trials effort has dedicated pharmacy support and chemotherapy reconstitution facilities alongside the existing NHS facilities. These facilities are supported by a recently expanded Clinical Pharmacology laboratory for sample processing and storage for pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and pharmacogenetic studies. In addition, the NICTC is supported by a dedicated clinical trials radiology service within the Radiology Department at Belfast City Hospital.