Published: 14:50, 26 May 2021
| Updated: 14:51, 26 May 2021
A piece of artwork has been installed at Medway Maritime Hospital depicting the DNA helix.
DNA is fundamental to the biggest clinical research project ever – looking into the genome.
It is believed the research will not only be able to treat any disease but also reverse the ageing process and extend life expectancy.
Dr Edyta McCallum, head of research and innovation, said: "I would like to thank the Medway Hospital Charity and its donors for making this art project and DNA Helix a reality.
"We created the area to highlight our engagement in clinical research.
"We want our patients to know that when they are treated here at Medway, it is done with compassion and access to the best care."
Dr Iram Ahmed, clinical operations manager for the diagnostics and clinical support services, led the sculpture project.
He said: "I felt very passionate about creating a visual display to increase awareness of research within the trust, to encourage and engage staff and patient participation and to showcase the number of specialities that we conduct research in.
"Evidence suggests hospitals which conduct research have improved patient outcomes.
"I therefore wanted everyone who walks through our doors at Medway NHS Foundation Trust to know we are a research active organisation and provide them the opportunity to participate in a research study, if they are eligible."