Autumn 2021

12th November 2021
Blunsdon House Hotel
Mr David Woods

Rory Middleton, Luke Brunton, Oliver Pearce, Alex Berry, Andy Roberton

Autumn 2021

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We were delighted to be able to host our first face-to-face meeting since Plymouth April 2019. The appetite for interaction and regional networking was impressive and we were elated to welcome delegates from across the south-west to the Blunsdon hotel, Swindon for a packed academic agenda hosted by our esteemed President Mr David Woods

Social interaction was clearly missed which reflected a near record attendance of 85+ trainees and consultants. For the first time, the SWOC committee decided to reinforce proceedings by combining the regional South-west Paediatric Orthopaedic Group (SWPOG) meeting on the preceding day, hosted by Mr Jim Turner and his Bristol colleagues.

Combining the traditional SWOC meeting with a regional subspecialty meeting proved a huge success amongst attendees, bolstering networking opportunities in addition to providing an extended educational program over two days. The SWOC committee will have every intention to continue this format into the future with exciting prospects already being discussed at the table.


The agenda covered the current concepts of Perthes management, a Major Trauma Network regional update and trainee discussions about complex and challenging cases. We were also pleased to offer the opportunity to extend invitations for case discussions to our colleagues in Bahir Dah, Ethiopia. Ephrem (a 3rd year orthopaedic resident at Bahir Dah University) kicked off case discussions with an interesting presentation on ‘The Infected SUFE’, which complimented the additional case-based discussions from around the South-west region.

SWOC Dinner:

Dressed in Black tie over 40 SWOC delegates sat down to fine retro fayre washed down with choice wines personally chosen by Mr David Woods himself. After a memorable meal and speech in which Mr Woods espoused on the hazards of examining Australian Farmers, the diners retired to the bar, which was kept busy well into the early hours as the conversation flowed


First, we would like to offer an extended thank you to industry sponsors and our hosts Blunsdon hotel for making this face-to-face meet possible. Without the continued industry support and their regional engagement, such events would not be possible.

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John Hannaford Prize:


Lochab, S. Thomas, L. Ellis, J. Memory-Ferron, N. Lynch, Y. Farooq, N. Watson”

In typical fashion the agenda included three academic sessions during which 24 peer-reviewed abstracts were chosen for oral presentation. We would like to congratulate the following presenters who were judged to be the best presentations in their session:

  1. Mr Patrick Reynolds and his study on the regional cost of revision Total knee Replacement
  2. Mr Hamish McDonald and his investigation into the all-cause revision rate of Dual-Mobility Constructs
  3. Mr Matthew Copp and his study on the patient experience of Penthrox in managing trauma in the emergency department

The John Hannaford Trophy on this occasion was awarded to Ms. Savneet Lochab who provided an impressive presentation on an innovative micturition device for pre-op non-ambulatory female neck-of-femur patients fashioned from the traditional male urine bottle. Savneet’s clarity and innovative presentation impressed the audience and was even recommended to be submitted for a national award by our highly acclaimed guest speaker and international trauma care advocate Mr Nigel Rossiter.

The Great Debate:

 “This House believes that Hemi-arthroplasty should be used for all Hip fracture Arthroplasty in the elderly”. An impressively passionate critical appraisal was provided fluently by the two parties, Severn trainees Mr H McDonald & Mr T Flemming (Against), and Penninsula representatives Mr B Kent & Ms E Burden (For). An interactive audience vote confirmed that the Severn Deanery team carried the day with their argument that hip replacement remained a viable option in elderly patients with a hip fracture. The SWOC committee would like to thank these individuals for the work they had done for this agenda feature.

The Guest Presentation:

Routinely the guest presentation remains a highlight the day and this meeting was no exception. We had the privilege of introducing international trauma legend and Southwest alumni Mr Nigel Rossiter. Mr Rossiter was a previous Southwest trainee, a consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon in Basingstoke and a past (and Founding) President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society. Furthermore, he has an impressive profile in charity engagement, chair of the trustees of the Primary Trauma Care Foundation, while also consulting the United Nations in the evolution and implementation of better ‘Primary Trauma Care’ in developing countries where major trauma remains the ‘forgotten pandaemic’. His talk was thought provoking, influential and interesting on all fronts and we speak on behalf of the Southwest orthopaedic community in thanking him for offering his spare time to provide a memorable guest presentation.

Next Meeting:

Our next Spring meeting is due to be held in Exeter and hosted by the inimitable Mr Keith Eyres (date: 19th– 20th May 2021). Following the successes of SWPOG/SWOC collaboration, the afternoon of 19th May will see the South-West regional Hip Arthroplasty meeting hosted by our Honourable Secretary Mr Luke Brunton. A cementing masterclass, kindly sponsored by Hereaus will also be in the offing.