Clinical Trial Unit

The Clinical Trial Unit at Haukeland University Hospital consists of a section for adults and a section for children. The unit is organised in the Department of Research & Development, but closely linked to the Department of Paediatrics as well as to several major clinical departments in the university hospital. Haukeland University Hospital has built new infrastructure and made it possible to participate in both national and international clinical trials of children and adults. 

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Clinical Trial Unit

Clinical trial unit for adults

The clinical trial unit for adults is located in the hospital’s main building, one floor over the intensive care unit and the hospitals intervention centres, radiology services and operating theatres. The clinical research unit has a formal service agreement with these clinical departments for support when unexpected clinical situations arise. 

The trial unit has three intensive care standard beds and five out-patient places, and a high quality laboratory facility for handling of chemical and biological material including living cells. The main hospital building is connected to the Laboratory building and the Preclinical Research Building, providing a state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology platforms for animal research, proteomics, genomics, medical visualization  and molecular imaging . This arises from an extensive collaboration with The University of Bergen. In addition, the trial unit has close close collaboration with our ISO-certified clinical laboratory and a well-equipped radiology department providing technology for functional MRI and CT-PET. 

The clinical trial unit for adults was initiated in November 2006 as part of the university hospital’s commitment to facilitate research activities with high demands for safety and quality. The clinical trial unit aims to be a contributor in the transfer of research from basic research in technologies and drugs to trials in adults.

Contact information
Adults section: E-mail: kfpv@helse-bergen.no
Telephone: +47 55 97 28 90.


Clinical trial unit for children
The paediatric trial unit is located in the Department of Paediatrics at Haukeland University Hospital, and has premises both in the bed ward and in the out-patient unit. Proximity to the clinical specialist and highly competent co-workers ensures that clinical studies in children can be carried out in safe surroundings with high security for the children recruited to clinical trials. 
 
New drugs have, up to now, mainly been tested in adult subjects and great parts of medical treatment of children have not been based on controlled clinical trials in children.  This is most unfortunate, since children should not to be viewed as small adults, but often has different distribution, decomposition and excretion of some important drugs compared to adults.  Recently the European Medicines Agency (EMA) demands that all new drugs that also are intended for children must be tested in children. To our best knowledge we believe this unit is the only one of its kind in the Nordic countries. The clinical trial unit for children perform an increasingly number of clinical trials after it was established in March 2007.

Services

The clinical trial unit gives priority to studies of human pharmacotherapy in early phases conducted by researchers with connection to the university hospital or the university. The unit also conducts clinical trials for external clients, and in particular pharmaceutical industry. The research co-ordinators are highly motivated and experienced special nurses with intensive care, oncology and paediatric background. Sample and patient handling and logistics together with CRF support is our main focus together with training of other personnel in Good Clinical Practice and support in study planning and application preparation to local ethical committee and Norwegian Medicines Agency. Our CTU is affiliated to European clinical infrastructure networks (NorCRIN, EATRIS) as well as national networks (Oslo Cancer Cluster). 


The clinical trial unit receives inquiries from researchers who need help in all phases of clinical trials and provide consulting on the design of the protocol, applications to the pharmaceutical company, application to the Ethics Committee, Norwegian Medicines Agency and the Civil Ombudsman and a direct contribution to the completion of selected studies.

Contact information
Childrens section: E-mail: kfpb@helse-bergen.no
Telephone: +47 55 97 57 20

Contact

Phone
Adults section: +47 55 97 28 90 .
Childrens section: +47 55 97 57 20

How to get to the hospital

​There are several ways of getting to Haukeland University Hospital by public transport. Here follows a brief summary.

​​​​​​​The term Pasientreiser (patient travel) is used to describe travel to and from authorised treatments. The hospital is responsible for providing patient travel and will meet the cost of the cheapest mode of travel on behalf of the patient. You can read more on the Pasientreiser website​. The website also contains information about the Helseekspress and Helsebuss bus services.

Bus
Several scheduled bus routes stop at the hospital. There is also a number of commuter bus routes running between different parts of Bergen and the hospital.
Skyss has produced a dedicated route map for Haukeland University Hospital (PDF)​ showing which bus routes stop at the hospital. At Skyss.no you will find complete bus routes with details of stops and departure times.
Tide and Nettbuss operate express coaches on several long-distance routes to the centre of Bergen.

Bybanen light railway
The closest Bybanen station is Kronstad. Walking from Kronstad to the hospital takes around 10 minutes. Timetables are available at Skyss.no.

Taxi
There are usually taxis available at the taxi rank outside the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). If not, our receptionists are on hand 24 hours a day and can help book a taxi for you.

Train
Bergen Train Station in the centre of Bergen is the closest mainline station to Haukeland University Hospital. The distance between the station and the hospital is around 2.5 km and is served by several bus routes.

Air
Bergen Airport in Flesland is just under 20 km from Haukeland University Hospital. There is no direct airport bus between Haukeland and Bergen Airport, but you can take the airport bus to and from the centre of Bergen.

Waiting areas
There is a separate waiting area near the reception in the main hospital building (Sentralblokka) for patients and next-of-kin waiting for transport.

Parking

​Parking facilities at Haukeland are divided into separate zones in and around the hospital grounds.
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Parking spaces are very limited, however. Out of consid​​eration for those who need to travel to the hospital using their own car, we strongly urge those who are able to do so to use public transport​.

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Practical information

Food and catering

Library

The patient library allows patients and their next-of-kin to borrow books, DVDs and periodicals.

We have a large selection of books, comic books, audiobooks, digital books/cards and PlayStation, Wii and Xbox games, as well as DVDs, CDs, periodicals, newspapers and music.
We also lend DAB radios and playback equipment for films, audiobooks and music.

Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.30–15.30.
​Tuesday and Thursday 11.30–17.30.


Book trolleys
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we visit the departments with our book trolley. If you would like to borrow something but are unable to make it to the library, feel free to contact us during opening hours, and we will deliver the requested material to you.


Computers and printers
The library has a public computer and printer/photocopier. Patients and next-of-kin are welcome to use the internet, do their online banking, print off plane tickets etc.


Visual art
We also lend visual art. Please contact us for more information.

Pharmacy

​There is a pharmacy in the foyer of the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). This is a public pharmacy operated by Sjukehusapoteka Vest.

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Visiting times

​Ordinary hospital visiting hours are between 17.00 and 20.00. Most departments are also able to welcome visitors outside these times. We ask that visitors show consideration for other patients by going to the day room, for example.

If a patient is too ill to leave the room, we kindly ask that you arrange any visits outside normal visiting hours with the staff in the department in advance.

Waiting areas

Patients waiting for transport may do so in a designated waiting area in the foyer in the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). The waiting area is designed to make the wait as comfortable as possible for both patients and next-of-kin.

Opening hours
Staffed waiting area Monday to Friday: 08:15–17:00
Telephone: 05515

The waiting area offers reclining chairs, coffee tables with seats, magazines and coffee.

In the daytime the waiting area is staffed by two transport planners from the Department of Patient Travel. The transport planners are not medically trained but can assist you if there are any changes to your planned travel.

  • Patient travel must be booked by the discharging department before the patient arrives in the wai​ting area.
  • The departments are responsible for referring patients to the waiting area based on a medical assessment.
  • Patients who need to wait longer than 2 1/2 hours for their booked travel should do so in their department.
  • The department should make its assessments, including medical assessments, on the basis that the waiting area is not permanently staffed and not staffed by medical personnel.

Patients travelling by air may contact the hosts in the waiting area, who will help organise an airport transfer.

In special circumstances the waiting area may be unmanned for limited periods during opening hours.

  • Patients who require care and who are in the waiting area at ordinary closing time will be referred back to the discharging department. The discharging department will then look after the patient.
  • Patients who have been allocated patient transport after 15.30 and who require care must wait in their department. Those who do not require care may wait at the edge of the waiting area.

Wireless Internett

​​​​​​​​​​We are happy to offer free wireless internet access to patients and visitors.


To access the WiFi service, connect to the gjest.ihelse.net network. Open your browser, to get access to username and password.

New users
For first-time usage, access your Web Browser to register your relevant details to receive a username and password via your registered mobile number, with immediate access available upon completing registration​. Each session will expire after 31 days.​


Please note that signal strength may be weaker in certain parts of the hospital and during peak usage periods.