The Airwave Health Monitoring Tissue Bank

The Airwave Health Monitoring Study was established to evaluate possible health risks associated with the use of TETRA, a digital communication system used by the police forces and other emergency services. It is a long-term observational study following up the health of police officers and staff across Great Britain, with the ability to monitor both cancer and non-cancer health outcomes. Around 53,000 participants have been recruited between June 2004 and March 2015 with a response rate averaging 50% of employees in participating forces. At baseline, participants completed an enrollment questionnaire (sent via routine administration or the occupational health service), or a comprehensive health screening performed locally, or both. Around 85% (N=45,000) of the sample received a health screening. Clinical and biological measurements were taken, blood and urine samples collected. Participants were 40 years old on average (between 17 and 80 years old at inclusion), mostly men (63%) and white British (85%). Participants have now been followed-up for 7.5 years on average. A second assessment of participants living in England started in November 2015 and is ongoing.


  • Ability to recontact
  • Cell culture
  • Data analytics
  • Nucleic acid extraction

Contact Information


Hammersmith Hospital
Department of Histopathology
Du Cane Road
W12 0NN

Annual Statistics

Year Access Requests Received Access Requests Approved
Internal External Commercial Internal External Commercial
2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A