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O is for Outpatient - every clinical trial involves some outpatient visits to our clinic in Leeds. We like to see how you're getting along after the study, and to check whether the study drug has left your system. You will receive a travel payment every time you make the journey to Leeds.

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L is for Leftovers - or lack thereof! To ensure that our research is accurate, we ask our volunteers to clear their plate at every meal. Not such a bad thing when the food is home cooked, nutritionally balanced and free!

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J is for Juice - specifically grapefruit and cranberry juice! Before a clinical trial with Covance, you will have to cut grapefruit and cranberry out of your diet for a few weeks, as they can affect the way your body processes medicines!

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G is for Gilberts - Gilbert's Syndrome is harmless but common- around 1 in 10 people have it. Gilberts affects the body's ability to control a substance called bilirubin, and can lead to bouts of jaundice, but many people have Gilbert's without even knowing it! Before a clinical trial, we will always ask if you have Gilbert's syndrome, as a build up of bilirubin could be mistaken for a side-effect. For some of our paid clinical trials, people with Gilberts will be excluded.

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N is for Needle - before and during a clinical trial, we will need to draw some blood for testing, even if the study drug does not require an injection. Clinical trials are very safe, but if you have a fear of needles they might not be for you.

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V is for Volunteer! Where else could you earn from £100 a day for being a Volunteer? Your time is precious, and your help is very valuable because without volunteers, there would be no new treatments - it's as simple as that!

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T is for Thanks! Without volunteers, our work would not be possible and medicines for chronic and life-limiting illnesses would never make it onto the pharmacy shelves! Thank you from Covance, and thank you from all the patients you have helped by volunteering :)

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S is for Screening - once you've spoken to our Recruiters, you'll be invited to Screening. Screening a medical appointment where you'll meet your study Physician, and we'll conduct some tests to assess your suitability for a study. It usually takes around 2 hours, and you'll often get a sandwich and a coffee.

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R is for Recruitment - your first port of call when considering clinical trials! Your friendly recruitment team can tell you all about clinical trials and help you to decide if they're right for you. A recruiter will take details about your medical history from childhood and your current lifestyle to help match you to a suitable trial, so allow 20 mins for your recruitment call.

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Q is for Quinine! One of our study restrictions is quinine, the substance which gives tonic water its distinctive bitter taste. This stuff is rumoured to treat leg cramps and actually glows under UV light!

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