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Bucks woman part of coronavirus drugs trial

Buckinghamshire patients and staff took part in the national Recovery Trial

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:49am 23rd June 2020. (Updated at 7:25am 23rd June 2020) 3-minute read.

Bucks woman part of coronavirus drugs trial

Buckinghamshire NHS Trust staff and patients are reacting to COVID-19 drugs trial results. 

Last week the results of the national Recovery Trial were released, with dexamethasone being praised as a 'breakthrough'.

More than 150 people took part in the study at Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe hospitals.

Paul and Katherine Millbank

Katherine Millbank was one of those patients, she was in ICU when her husband Paul was asked about the trial: 

"To be offered this particular lifeline, knowing that the drugs were already out there and hearing what the press/media were saying... It was just giving me a lifeline to help get my wife back.

"It was confidence inspiring. I just feel very lucky, very privileged that she was picked for it."

The steroid was one of several trialled and it widely available and recognised as a cheap drug on the market already.

It was found to reduce deaths of more seriously ill patients. 

Katherine said it was 'absolutely amazing' to have recovered thanks to the treatment:

"I'm quite honoured, actually, that I was part of the trial because a lot of people weren't put on the drug as normally it goes out to people on ventilators or who have been on oxygen.

"So I'm quite privileged really."

It is the first drug to show reduced risk of dying by a third in ventilated patients and a fifth in those receiving oxygen only.

Here's the moment Katherine left ICU:

Dr Raha West, an anesthetist and Principal Investigator for the trial at the Trust, she says the support and reaction from Bucks has been overwhelming:

"The trial is enrolled nationally, in Buckinghamshire we have recruited over 160 patients and we are very well supported by patients and relatives. I mean the response that my staff and I have had has been incredible.

"I really want to thank all of my patients and family for their support. The results we achieved this week would not have been possible without the patients and relatives. "

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