COVID-19 Research

Our renowned researchers urgently need your help to find new ways to predict, test and treat Coronavirus (COVID-19) . 

In order to control Coronavirus (COVID-19) we must develop our knowledge of how the virus spreads and the symptoms it causes. By supporting our COVID-19 research project you can be a part of this exciting work.

Currently there are no established treatments for Coronavirus so it’s imperative that we act now.

With your support we can carry out ground-breaking research which will help us to diagnose the virus, increase our understanding of how it spreads, and test new potential treatments.

Our COVID-19 research

Our research is being carried out Bristol-wide, led by North Bristol NHS Trust working in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Bristol. To our knowledge this is the largest single centre cohort study of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in the UK.

The research will enable us to:

  • develop tests to diagnose Coronavirus and to identify immunity to it
  • explore secondary lung and infection complications
  • test new drug treatments for Coronavirus

The research will consider why some patients with the virus do very well, and why others need to be admitted to intensive care, and why some sadly don’t survive.

It will help us to understand better the long-term impact of the virus, and will support our NHS in preparing for a new medical landscape of the future.

Our expertise

Our researchers are renowned experts who are at the forefront of this unprecedented healthcare crisis.

Southmead Hospital is an acute, specialist hospital with a worldwide reputation in research excellence through our specialist Research & Innovation Centre. Each year 7,000 patients take part in over 500 research studies here.


With your help

You can help us to understand and test new treatments for Coronavirus to help protect everyone’s future.

By donating what you can today, or by committing to give on a regular basis, you will be supporting our scientists in their ground-breaking research. 

You will be helping the NHS to help us all in our time of greatest need.

Thank you for your support.

Our COVID-19 research projects are

“Our research is directly changing patient care now. By supporting our COVID-19 project you will be helping us to transform patient services by enabling us to develop innovative breakthroughs sooner. Together we can make a real difference to the research of tomorrow.”

Deputy Director of Research & Innovation, Dr Rebecca Smith