At our recent Annual General Meeting, Prof Beverland reported that recruitment is underway for our TRAC-24 clinical trial, with over a 130 patients already recruited.

During a hip or knee replacement it is not unusual for a patient to lose almost a third of the total blood in their body. This study hopes to find out the best way of giving tranexamic acid to help reduce blood loss.  The study will cost over £600,000 and is the largest of its kind so far in the world.  It is hoped that as well as having a direct beneficial effect on the patient as less blood is lost, it will also significantly reduce the requirement for blood transfusions - a major issue for the NHS.

Our Patient Liaison Group recently hosted a Q & A session with Sandra McCarry, Senior Manager within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) who is responsible for Community Development and Personal and Public Involvement (PPI).

PPI is now a legislative requirement for Health and Social Care organisations as laid down in the Health and Social Services (Reform) Northern Ireland Act 2009. While PPI may be relatively new term, the concept is not. The HSC system has long recognised the benefits of meaningful and effective engagement of service users, carers and the public.

Please contact Sandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 028 95046739 if you would like to receive further information on areas of involvement such as:

  • giving feedback on your experiences of Trust services
  • sharing ideas for the health care
  • planning and designing service improvements

You can also view the PPS standards leaflet at




Despite the weather we had a great day out at this year's Bart Walk, which was held on the 12th June 2016. Check out the pictures from the BART Walk. Please note gallery thumbnails are cropped, please click to view full image.

From June 1997 George Richardson and his family have worked tirelessly to raise funds for orthopaedic research.

The family have hosted garden parties and tractor road runs. Their latest fund raising venture is supplying knitted chickens. These were a popular attraction at this year's Walk for both young and old! Many thanks to George for his continued support.

Congratulations to the following BART Walkers who won prizes on the day.


Mrs Claire Gilliland from Belfast won the cake and she kindly donated this to the staff and patients in Musgrave Park who enjoyed a slice with their afternoon tea yesterday. 

Mr Victor Foster won a fruit basket, donated by Get Fresh in Dunmurry.  Victor is a member of Downe Old Car Club, a group who support the Walk every year.

Miss Paula Mort also won a fruit basket.  She attended the Walk with her mum.

Our research would not be possible without the important donations we receive throughout the year. So please help us further our work by sending a donation today.

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