FAQs

Will taking part in a clinical trial affect my travel insurance?
Any travel insurance that is a member of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) should not be charging you any premiums or deny you travel insurance when taking part in clinical trials.

However, be aware that while the ABI represents 60-70% of the UK travel insurance market, non-members may have particular clauses that could affect how you are covered.
Therefore, it is important to check your travel insurance policy before your trip.

The ABI have a list of their members here: https://www.abi.org.uk/about-the-abi/abi-members/

You can also read more about the ABI’s agreement with the Academy of Medical Colleges and the Health Research Authorities on travel insurance here: https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/college/travel-insurance-premiums-clinical-trial-participants-agreement-reached-insurers

Can I use a sauna or steam room whilst wearing a transdermal patch?
No.  You should always make sure you remove transdermal patches before going in to a sauna or steam room. It is recommended that you follow the specific information and instructions on the use of your transdermal patches.

I have lost my patches/diary/stickers/envelopes, what do I do?
Please call us on 0117 428 3113 or email chief-pd@bristol.ac.uk and we will be able to sort this out for you.

I am going to have surgery, do I need to tell you?
Yes. If you are taking part in the CHIEF-PD trial, please call or email us to let us know. We would normally ask that you show your chief-pd card to your doctor and/or anaesthetist so that they could make a decision as to whether you should remove your patch for the surgery.

What happens if I haven’t worn my patch for a few days?
Please call or email us. If you haven’t worn your patch for 3 days, we may ask you to go down to a lower dose for a few days, so that your body can get used to the medication again.

I was admitted to hospital, do I need to tell someone?
Yes, please call us or email to let us know. This is important information for the conduct of the trial.