Medical students and research studies

Cedars Surgery is a training practice. This means that some of our GPs support, train and supervise students. These students will usually be qualified doctors who are undertaking post graduate study. 

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Medical students

Dr Pimm is involved in teaching medical students and is often looking for patients with certain conditions to come and be examined by the students.   If you would like to help please give your name to the reception staff.

Trainee GPs

Dr Pimm has been approved to train GPs.  As part of their training, they need to see a variety of problems and so you may be offered an appointment with a trainee instead of your regular doctor.  However, the trainee will be working under the strict supervision of Dr Pimm.



There is a chance that patients may receive requests in the post to complete questionnaires or to enter into studies. These are optional but any information that the research team can obtain from patients is extremely useful and we are grateful for your assistance.

The Cedars Surgery also contributes to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicines. This practice supports medical research by sending some of this information from patient records to CPRD.

CPRD is a government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health. You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.

If you do not want anonymised information from your patient record to be used in research you can opt-out by speaking to one of our Doctors.

For more information about how your data is used please visit