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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a screening appointment?

Screening is the process we use to see who is eligible to take part in clinical trials. The screening tests provide results that the Covance doctors use to select who can take part in each study.

During your appointment you’ll meet our Screening staff and doctors who will take you through the following screening process:

  • we’ll take a copy of your photo ID and a picture for our database when you arrive at reception
  • our medical team will explain the study and answer any questions you may have
  • if you still want to take part, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form before any tests are done
  • we’ll take a detailed medical and social history
  • we’ll take blood and urine samples
  • we’ll carry out a drug screen
  • we’ll measure your blood pressure and pulse and record a heart trace
  • we'll test your alcohol breath levels
  • once we have your results, we’ll be in touch and inform you of the next steps

Find out more about what you will need to do prior to your screening appointment with our visit checklist.

How long will my screening last? On average 2-3 hours. You'll be offered an appointment time that fits in with your other commitments.

Will you cover my travel costs?

We will contribute between £15 and £100 towards your travel costs depending on where you live.

We also reimbures you up to £6 for parking. The closest car park to the Clinical Research Unit is Woodhouse Car Park, LS1 3HQ.

Have more questions?

If you have a question or two you'd like answered, that's no problem. Just call 0800 591 570 or 0113 394 5200.