Call for children to help with hospital study to benefit future patients

Archie the penguin at Ipswich Hospital with nurses (left to right) Louise Hunt, Deborah Beeby, Sarah

Archie the penguin at Ipswich Hospital with nurses (left to right) Louise Hunt, Deborah Beeby, Sarah Smith and Jon Hassler-Hurst. - Credit: Archant

Families who have children with conditions such as diabetes and lung, heart and kidney problems are being called upon to take part in a study which could help other children to stay will in the future.

Researchers from Ipswich Hospital are seeking children to take part in the national “ARCHIE” study, which is investigating whether giving antibiotics promptly to children in ‘at risk’ groups who develop flu-like symptoms will prevent them from becoming more unwell with chest and ear infections.

The study will also show which children are most likely to benefit from antibiotics, to ensure they are used correctly in the future and will remain effective against bacterial infections.

Children with conditions such as asthma, kidney disease, cerebral palsy, liver disease, diabetes, sickle cell disease or who were born prematurely and are under the age of two can sign up to help.

The study is led locally by consultant paediatrician Dr Roona Aniapravan and children’s research nurse Louise Hunt.

It is the second year Ipswich has taken part in ARCHIE trial, funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

Jon Hassler-Hurst, lead children’s research nurse at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We’re appealing to families with children who are vulnerable to complications from flu to get in touch to help us with this important study.

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“ARCHIE will help us to find out if giving antibiotics within the first five days of getting symptoms will help prevent these children from developing other illness’, such as chest and ear infections.

“We are really grateful to everyone who has signed up to take part so far and hope that their generosity will make a real difference to other children in the future.”

Anyone who thinks their child could help should contact Jon by emailing

For more information about the study, go to