Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit
The Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) at Glenfield Hospital is part of a multi-million pound scheme to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health. It is one of 16 BRUs around England funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a strategic research funding body within the NHS. The Glenfield Unit is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
The Leicester Cardiovascular BRU aims to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of coronary heart disease and hypertension (high blood pressure). It provides an infrastructure – people, space and equipment – which allows researchers to complete challenging or complex projects in these conditions.
In addition, the BRU hosts a dedicated research database, the first of its kind in the UK, which is linked to a collection of blood samples from patient volunteers who have made their medical records available to researchers.
Research Outpatient Department
The Research Outpatient Department at Glenfield is situated centrally within the hospital, this is designed to be conveniently located for patients while also providing easy access for researchers and clinicians. The Department has:
- An Echocardiography Suite
- An Exercise Suite
- Three Clinical Examination Rooms
- A Laboratory
Research Day Case Suite
This is situated on the first floor of the hospital. It provides facilities for longer stay investigations.
Reasearch Inpatient Facility
Two dedicated Research Inpatient rooms are situated on the first floor of the hospital. The rooms provide facilities for longer, overnight investigations.
Research MRI Suite
The Research MRI Suite is a purpose built facility located within the hospital's Radiology Department. The suite has;
- A 3T MR Scanner
- An Imaging Seminar Room