Acute Care Edinburgh

The COVID-19 Research Group

The EMERGE team has halted normal research activity, and is now collaborating with specialties and services across NHS Lothian to run a series of COVID-19 research studies and trials, under the collective term the ‘COVID-19 Research Group’.


As a key part of the response to COVID19, the COVID-19 Research Group are now able to offer our patients participation in an important clinical trial called RECOVERY. This is supported and funded by UK government, and is being rapidly set-up across UK hospitals. It is now active in NHS Lothian.

The trial is testing most of the treatments you will have heard about in different arms, including steroids, antivirals, hydroxychloroquine, and interferon.

The trial will add new potential treatments as they become available, and drop ones that are not working. This is the best way of finding out what works for COVID-19 as quickly as possible.It is also the best chance of providing these treatments as supplies are limited and will be targeted to trial participants.

Find out more: Recovery Trial