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Volunteers

The Whiteley Clinic needs volunteers to take part in various research studies, to help us better understand patient care and well being.


Looking for Volunteers to trial Support Stockings:

  • Have you had vein treatment at The Whiteley Clinic?
  • Would you like to assess a new compression stocking?

We are committed to getting the best results for our patients. Hence we regularly perform audits and research projects.

Currently, we are looking for volunteers for a research study on graduated compression stockings – often called “support stockings” or “surgical stockings”.

Graduated compression stockings are prescribed regularly for various venous conditions in the legs. They are easier to put on than compression bandaging.

Despite this, some patients cannot tolerate graduated compression stockings. Indeed, research shows up to 65% of people stop wearing the stockings. The major reasons are difficulty putting on and taking off the stockings, and discomfort when they are in place.

We have a new sort of graduated compression stocking. We want to compare it to a current “industry standard” version.

Both the new and the standard stockings give the same compression pressure. So we want to see if the new stockings are more comfortable, or are easier to take on take off.

To answer this question, we are looking for healthy volunteers that meet the following criteria:

  • Adults (18 and over).
  • Have completed treatment for varicose veins at The Whiteley Clinic.
  • Are able to wear compression stockings.
  • Have no arterial disease (“poor circulation”).
  • Do not have a leg ulcer.
  • Are put on stockings and take them off by themselves.

What this would mean to you if you volunteered:

For each patient, the study lasts for 8 days.

On the first day of the study, you would visit The Whiteley Clinic, Guilford. After that, the other seven days are all at your own home. During these 8 days, you would wear compression stockings on both legs during the day, removing them in the evening before bed.

You will be asked to complete an Evaluation Form consisting of multiple-choice questions.

The Evaluation Form is divided into four sections:

1) At the initial visit (Day 1)
2) After 24 hours (Day 2)
3) After 3 days (Day 4)
4) After 7 days (Day 8).

If you volunteer and are accepted as a subject, we can offer £50 to subsidise your time and travel expenses. You will also be allowed to keep both sets of compression stockings once the study has completed.

If you would like to take part in this study all would and would like to receive more information, please contact us:

e-mail:                        [email protected]

Telephone:                0330 058 1850.

Please note, registering your interest does not mean you are obligated to participate in the study.

The Whiteley Clinic currently has an approved COVID- secure protocol, which can be found on our website at https://thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk/covid-19/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.