Coronavirus precautions – outpatients and visitors to HMR

The COVID-19 virus is a new coronavirus that has very recently ‘jumped’ from animals into humans. It causes an illness very similar to ‘flu’: most commonly fever, dry cough or chest tightness, change to sense of smell or taste, tiredness, and aching muscles, but some patients also get runny nose, sore throat and diarrhoea. Most patients have only a mild illness and recover without medical treatment, but some patients, particularly elderly people or those with existing health problems, get shortness of breath and become seriously ill.

We must take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, to protect all our volunteers, visitors and staff. So, before you visit HMR, we need to ask you some questions about your health.

  • Have you had a new continuous cough, or a fever, or loss/change in the sense of smell or taste in the last 7 days?
  • Has anyone you live with had a new continuous cough, or a fever, or loss/change in the sense of smell or taste in the past 2 weeks?
  • Have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

If you answer yes to any of those questions, we might need to reschedule your visit or make alternative arrangements. Please tell us before your visit if you become ill or you think you might have been in contact with someone who might have COVID-19.

Please be aware that, when you visit HMR, we’ll ask you these questions again, take your temperature and ask you to wash your hands before we admit you to the building. Please don’t be alarmed by this – we’re taking a cautious approach, to protect the health of all of our volunteers, visitors, and staff.

All visitors must wear a face covering or mask when they arrive at HMR.

If you're worried about COVID-19, you can get more information at: and

Quality results delivered on time

Our unparalleled experience – over 850 trials since 1993 – makes us the first-choice early-phase unit for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  Sponsors come to us with large, complex and demanding trials, beyond the capacity of smaller CROs.  But all our trials get the same scrupulous attention, whether big or small.  Our clinical team has an exceptional reputation for delivering quality results on schedule. You'll have access to expert physicians and clinical project managers who are intimately involved in every aspect of your trials.

HMR at a glance

One of the largest early-phase units in Europe (145 beds) offering full service for phase 1 and early phase 2 studies, from design to report, with over 20 years' experience of delivering high-quality results safely and on time.

  • Specialists in first-in-man studies, and excellent track record in:
    • Japanese bridging studies (12 bilingual nurses and graduates)
    • ascending dose studies
    • ADME and 'light label' studies.
    • PET and MRI studies (in collaboration with Imanova, Hammersmith Hospital)
    • 'umbrella' protocols
    • bioequivalence and bioavailability studies
    • evaluation of biosimilars and 'biobetters'
    • drug interaction studies
    • thorough QT studies
    • pharmacodynamic markers
    • recruiting special populations of healthy volunteers (eg elderly, postmenopausal, surgically sterilised, smokers, obese, genetic polymorphisms, alcohol-dependent) and specific patient populations (eg asthma, hayfever, migraine)
  • Facilities for specialist studies, eg respiratory function, sleep studies, endoscopy, radiolabelled studies, biomarkers, and audiometry
  • First class on-site support services:
    • licensed GMP pharmacy, including aseptic unit and aseptic radiopharmacy
    • accredited central laboratory
    • experienced data management and statistics team
  • First UK CRO to get a Manufacturer's Authorisation for Investigational Medicinal Products and MHRA Phase 1 Accreditation.
  • Pioneers of The Overvolunteering Prevention Service, now adopted by the UK Health Research Authority.

Why choose HMR?

You'll benefit from our long experience of early-phase clinical research and the UK's supportive regulatory environment. Our dedicated study team will deliver:

  • quality
    • proven track record in delivery of high-quality studies
  • efficiency
    • rapid study set-up and optimised timelines
    • intelligent design of protocol and regulatory package, to maximise efficiency
    • ethically approved panel screening to shorten timelines
    • fully coordinated service, with all functions communicating freely under the same roof
  • flexibility
    • 'flexibility by design', minimising the need for amendments
    • agile response to changes in the study plan
  • expertise
    • expert advice on study design, conduct, regulations and analysis
    • high standards of science and medicine
  • open communication with our friendly staff
    • dedicated, knowledgeable clinical project manager to keep you updated, give advice and answer your queries
    • access to your principal investigator and our other in-house experts whenever you need it

To send an enquiry, or request free advice on your early phase study, click here.

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