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Dr Simon Royal

Dr Royal has ‘worked tirelessly’ to ensure GPs are part of the effort to find a vaccine for Covid-19, says his colleague Daniel Hammersley, chief operating officer at The University of Nottingham Health Service GP practice. He has developed a network of local practices to help with primary care studies looking at the disease – and also secured a place on the University of Oxford’s vaccine trial, making the university’s surgery the only GP practice to be a trial site. His practice has now signed up around 500 participants. ‘This has been a phenomenal effort from all involved, led by Simon, proving that primary care are very capable of supporting large scale trials which are normally the preserve of specialist departments or hospital trusts,’ says Daniel.