The 2018 Autumn SWOC meeting was held at Ashton Gate Football Club in Bristol and hosted by Mr Mez Acharya from Southmead Hospital.
The traditional SWOC dinner was held the night before the meeting at Aerospace Filton under the wings of Concorde. This was a suitably spectacular venue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the South West Orthopaedic Club.
The balanced educational programme was split into three free paper sessions and several focused instructional lectures from regional sub-specialists. For the first time since Cheltenham 2015 both Pridie and Hampson Memorial lectures were delivered.
Free papers covered the breadth of orthopaedics including spine, upper limb and foot&ankle topics. As usual the academic standard of the work presented from across the region was impressive.
Mark Dahill received the best paper prize for his work on ‘Improving analgesia prescription for trauma inpatients’. This was a quality improvement project conducted at the Great Western Hospital which was successful in improving clinical practice. The novel e-prescribing protocol described can be adopted by other units.
Bristol academic SpR, Gulraj Matharu, delivered the Hampson Memorial prize lecture titled ‘MOM hips on trial’. Although 5 year revision rates for Pinnacle MOM hips are higher from 2007 onwards, this is thought to be because of increased patient surveillance and lowering of surgical thresholds. This is an important finding given the number of these hips implanted in the region.
James Robinson gave an entertaining and informative talk about his time on sabbatical in Abu Dhabi. Those present at the Barnstaple meeting earlier in the year will have heard Malcolm Podmore speak on a similar theme. Certainly UK surgeons appear to be in demand in the Middle East.
BASK President, Colin Esler presented the Kenneth Pridie Memoral lecture on the subject of ‘ What’s really changed in Knee Arthroplasty Surgery?’
The meeting was well supported by industry with the latest advances in handheld robotics on display.
This was an ambitious meeting and a fitting way to mark the 70th anniversary of the South West Orthopaedic Club. Thanks goes to Mez Acharya and all the numerous guest speakers who gave up their time to contribute to the meeting.
This was also the last meeting attended by Tony Ward in Presidential capacity. We thank him for supporting SWOC over the years and wish him all the best in retirement.