The Spring meeting was held at Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club in beautiful Devon countryside inland from Barnstaple. The hosts were Malcolm Podmore, Chris Mills and their colleagues from the North Devon District Hospital (click on pictures for bigger version)
Several members, including Hon Sec, turned up the night before to enjoy a very pleasant meal in the hotel restaurant. The hotel stands in extensive grounds and has numerous sporting facilities (there are apparently some very good winter weekend hideaway rates). It had a superb conference centre complete with bar.
There was an excellent scientific programme with 15 papers accepted out of an enormous entry of more than 45! All the papers were of high standard and amazingly the meeting ran to time. It was particularly interesting to have such a broad range of topics including shoulder, spine, hip and knee, trauma and hand, to keep everyone involved. As usual there was good discussion encouraged by the friendly/rude/noisy SWOC atmosphere! The prize for best paper was awarded to Steve Blake for his paper ‘Predicting the outcome of cast treatment for congenital talipes equinovarus’. This year the abstracts will be submitted to ‘Orthopaedic Proceedings’.
Chris Curwen with Peter Peace
At lunchtime the Presidential medal was officially given to Chris Curwen by outgoing President Peter Peace.
The guest lecture was given by Professor Rolfe Birch who gave an excellent review of the subject of nerve injury and repair. He showed enormous enthusiasm in arriving at the start of the meeting from a crack of dawn start, and stayed with us throughout the day.
The meeting was generously supported by 21 surgical companies who as usual put up excellent and informative stands. At the end of the afternoon there was a business meeting.
The evening meal was in the same conference area but transformed by low lights, twinkling starlight in the ceiling and a warm red glow from the upstairs balcony. There was an excellent turnout with a high proportion of partners which makes these meetings all the more sociable. We enjoyed a very nice dinner with a generous supply of aperitifs and copious wine. This may have explained finding some SWOC members wandering the hotel grounds long after the building was locked up for the night! . The cash prize for the best paper was given to Steve Blake and sincere thanks went to Rosemary Hood who had been very busy over the last months organising the meeting and was pleased to see everything run so smoothly.
This was another excellent SWOC meeting with all the right elements of an informative but relaxing meeting, very pleasant surroundings, and plenty of opportunity to catch up with southwest Orthopaedic gossip!
Prior to the meeting the club funds stood at £9,781.96. There has been a continuing slight loss on each of the last two meetings but the financial situation remains satisfactory.
Vote of thanks
Thanks were expressed to Malcolm Podmore and his colleagues for a splendid meeting. The choice of venue was superb and as usual the content of the meeting was varied and interesting. The attendances have improved considerably with plenty of wives and partners staying over for the evening meal.
Jeremy Field and Daniel Chan were voted in and kindly agreed to be committee members. The committee has not met for some time.
Pridie / Hampson Lectures
Autumn 2005 – Weston, Spring 2006 – Exeter.