Equipment and facilities
The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has dedicated facilities for undertaking clinical research, including both inpatient and out-patient facilities and research support services.
The RAH Investigational Drugs Service is a dedicated, specialist service for stock management, dispensing, production (sterile, non-sterile, cytotoxic) and other activities related to clinical trial management within the hospital. This service is available to external clients involved in clinical drug studies.
The manufacturing facility complies with all aspects of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) including the commissioning of a validated Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) for continuous monitoring of temperature, humidity, differential pressure and particle counts.
RAH Pharmacy Investigational Drugs Service has extensive experience in handling a large number of clinical trials from Phase 1 to Phase 4 for a variety of sponsors. It is highly regarded by the pharmaceutical industry and is recognised for providing quality service of international standards.
Contact: Peter Slobodian, Deputy Director Pharmacy
Telephone : (08) 7074 1430
SA Pathology is the statewide pathology provider for the public health sector, an institution recognised for the highest standards of medical testing and research. The close interaction between research and diagnostic pathology has led to implementation of many innovative tests that have now become routine. It provides a complete diagnostic and clinical service including a DNA sequencing service.
Further information is available here.
SA Medical Imaging
SA Medical Imaging at the Royal Adelaide Hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and can provide a wide range of imaging services for clinical trials including:
Located on level 3 with entry from North Terrace, the RAH Clinical Trial Centre is suitable for low-risk interventions and follow-up visits. It has 9 outpatient-style clinic rooms. This facility is available for use by clinical researchers across all disciplines of medicine.
Facilities: Phlebotomy area, densitometer, patient observation area, work stations for clinical trial staff while observing patients, sample processing and short term sample storage facilities.
Contact: CALHN Research Services Telephone: (08) 7117 2231 Email: Health.CALHNResearchGovernance@sa.gov.au
PARC Clinical Research Unit operates a clinical trial facility located within an intensive care wing on Level 4 of the RAH. The unit has extensive experience in the conduct of clinical research with compounds of narrow therapeutic index - such as opioids and products in early phase of development that require specialised management and also has a large amount of experience in the conduct of studies in a broad range of therapeutic areas and across various development stages
The unit is managed by a team of highly trained and experienced staff, with a broad range of expertise, experience and qualifications, including medical personnel, registered nurses, science/bio-science graduates and PhD candidates and recipients. The staff have extensive expertise in the dosing and handling of schedule 8 and intravenous and infusion therapies, as well as administration and monitoring of participant involved in first in man and early phase studies.
The physical location in the RAH facilitates access to a large number of specialist clinicians, many who require a unique and flexible facility such as PARC to conduct their clinical research studies - or who can provide patient referrals.
This highly specialised clinical facility allows for intensive monitoring for narrow therapeutic margin (higher risk) therapies and the non hospital allocated beds allow for overnight and participant studies to be conducted with ease, providing greater flexibility to sponsors and clinicians. PARC operates a 24hour/7 day week testing facility.
Facilities: Sample processing and storage.
Contact: Kathy Heyman, Clinical Research Manager
Telephone: (08) 7074 1544 Email: email@example.com