Cardiff Facility

Our Cardiff screening clinic, in partnership with Synexus, is closely located to the M4 and is well served by public transport. We also have parking at the front of the clinic.

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0800 088 2050
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 6pm
Saturday to Sunday
Closed
Bank Holidays
Closed

Where is it?

2 Riverside Court
Gwaelod-y-Garth
CF15 9SS

How to get to Cardiff:

The nearest mainline train station is Cardiff Central. However the site is not a walkable distance from here. We would recommend getting another train to Taffs Well Station, where the walk is approximately 15 minutes. For further directions please see the below Cardiff Central tab.

This is probably the best way to visit this site, as it is very close to the M4. From the M4 please take the Coryton exit (Junction 32). From Bristol take this exit towards Merthyr Tudful. From Swansea take this exit towards Caerdydd.

Please note: Parking is available on site but it is limited.

Board a National Rail train from Platform 6 going to Treherbert. Exit the train at Taffs Well. This is approximately an 18 minute train journey. A taxi from here will be around £6, or if you would like to walk you can take the first left out of the station (Ladybird Cleaning should be on your right) and walk down the A4054 Cardiff Road until you come to a roundabout. Take the first right and keep walking (you will cross a bridge over the River Taff) until you come to another roundabout. Please take care here as the road is busy. Take the first left onto Ynys Bridge Court which leads to the road you need called Heol-yr-Ynys. follow this down until you see the Synexus site banner on the side of the building. Walk around to the right of the building and the main entrance will be on your left. The whole walk should take around 10-15 minutes.

What do you need for a visit?

Volunteers must bring valid photo ID with them. We only accept passports or UK drivers license. If you are a non-UK citizen or dual national only your passport(s) will be accepted. We will not accept photocopies or scanned copies of these documents.

You must also bring your GP details. If you have been registered with them for less than two years, then please also bring your previous GP’s details too.

What to expect and subsequent visit process

There are multiple stages involved in taking part in a FluCamp study. Following a successful online application you may be screened over the phone, followed by a 1st appointment which may lead to you being invited for a 2nd appointment. After this you may be allocated to a study, then you may be invited to undertake a quarantine stay with the conclusion of follow up appointments.

Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be successful at any of the stated stages/steps, be it the telephone screening or any appointments.

Common Questions

Do you pay for my travel?

We do contribute towards the costs volunteers incur when travelling to our clinics. For example, we will reimburse £20 for any volunteer attending their first pre-screening appointment to give a blood sample. This payment is processed via a link we send you in an email approximately one day after your appointment. If you’re eligible to attend the second stage of screening we do assist further (£50).

Why is your Cardiff site first screening visit only?

Our Cardiff site is outsourced to a company called Synexus. They can only assist us in the first stage of screening. If you are suitable for further screening(s), and subsequent study you would have to visit our London facility.

Why is FluCamp residential?

Volunteers joining FluCamp for a clinical trial stay with us on a residential basis in one of our purpose built rooms. Because it’s so important that the data we collect (from samples like blood and mucus ) is ‘clean’, volunteers must stay in quarantine conditions for the whole study. Additionally for this reason, our staff wear masks to comply with infection control guidelines. Find out more about why Flucamp trials are residential.

Are there any likely side effects and should I be worried?

At screening, a blood sample may be required. This is a standard procedure which is unlikely to cause any problems, but on occasion it may be uncomfortable and there is a risk of minor bruising or phlebitis (inflammation of the vein). This is something that normally clears up itself with no further trouble. Our quarantine volunteers (the volunteers who have past two screening visits and who are invited to participate in the full trial) are given a diluted virus so it’s likely that they may experience some mild cold or flu like symptoms. We often then test a new medication that we would like to fight the virus. If we are testing a new medicine, volunteers may experience some side effects. However, before reaching FluCamp, the medication will have already been tested on humans and passed strict safety tests.

Are there any serious health issues that I should know about?

We understand that there may be some concerns when it comes to clinical trials. However, we have a very rigorous screening programme here at FluCamp, which means we only accept volunteers who we believe are fit and healthy enough to take part. We conduct in-depth health checks and you will not be selected if we do not believe you are fully healthy. This ensures volunteers who join a study are at minimal risk. The medication we use in our studies has already been tested on humans in accordance with relevent regulations . The virus is only administered in small doses and you will be monitored throughout the trial by our expert team in a safe environment.

How will I will benefit from joining this clinical trial?

Taking part in a clinical trial can have a wealth of benefits, and we know our volunteers sign up for all sorts of reasons. Our testimonials show just some of the motivations for people to sign up. We run clinical trials because we are dedicated to finding a cure for viruses like the flu which unfortunately claim multiple lives every year. We have some #EverydayHeroes who join us because they too believe in the cause. However, we also have volunteers who have other motivations! FluCamp is a great time to get away from the world and focus. Whether studying, working, or taking a break from both, FluCamp gives volunteers the benefit of being cared for in every regard whilst having plenty of ‘me-time’. FluCampers also choose to stay with us because they like to use the compensation reward towards travelling, a house move, or just for a financial boost. We welcome all fit and healthy volunteers, and appreciate what they are doing to aid our work towards finding a cure!

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How FluCamp works

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Online Application

Click the apply now button and fill out our simple online form. If you’re potentially suitable for FluCamp we’ll be in touch within a day or two.

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Consultation

We’ll call you to ask a few more medical questions. If you’re suitable as a volunteer and you wish to continue, we’ll invite you to visit a screening centre nearest to you.

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Screening Appointment(s)

We’ll give you all the information you need to decide whether you want to take part in a clinical trial. If your blood results are suitable, we’ll match you to a study and invite you to visit us again for a full medical.

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Invitation

Provided you pass the medical we’ll invite you to take part in a study with us scheduled within 6 months of your full medical blood test. If you’re invited to a quarantine trial, you’ll stay in a private room for typically 10-15 days.

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To apply for FluCamp please complete our online form. We’ll call you back within 24 hours to explain the next steps so you can decide if it’s for you.

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