The Spring 2014 SWOC meeting was hosted by Andy Murphy, Ben Holroyd and their colleagues from Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
The venue (Plymouth Holiday Inn) provided views across the Hoe which looked glorious on the hottest day of the year so far. 25 free papers were selected for presentation from over 40 submissions to provide interest for all, and were spread over 4 sessions covering the breadth of orthopaedics and trauma, training, audit, management and quality improvement. Papers on pec major ruptures in Royal Marines and surfing / paddle board injuries provided a local slant.
Guest speaker Rt Hon Gary Streeter (MP for South West Devon) gave us his views and answered questions on the political landscape that will shape the future NHS. Following lunch in the penthouse restaurant-with-view, James Hunter (Nottingham) took on the post-prandial lull and managed to cram the progress in common paediatric orthopaedic conditions over the last 20 years into an entertaining and informative 30 minutes.
The judges’ decision on the best paper prize was:
- 1st: Sarah Dunkerley (Exeter) – “Pain mapping in patients with chronic shoulder conditions”
- 2nd: Ben Kent (Plymouth) – “Audit on the use of frozen section in revision hip and knee arthroplasty”
- 3rd: James Aird (Bristol) – “The orthopaedic consequences of childhood meningococcal septicaemia”
After presentation of accounts, the final act of the academic meeting was the announcement of the retirement of David Bracey as SWOC President. David has served SWOC since 2003, as Hon Secretary until 2011 then President. He has recently retired from his practice at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to spend more time travelling and surfing! He was warmly applauded by the members for his prolonged and dedicated support of the club over more than a decade.
We then spilled out into continuing warm sunshine and headed en masse down to the harbour for a boat trip, during which 8 intrepid / crazy (delete as appropriate) members competed in the inaugural SWOC open water 1km swim.
This was followed by a visit to the infamous Dolphin Inn, then “Swoctails” (Andy Murphy insisted) in the Gin Distillery and an excellent dinner in the Barbican Kitchen restaurant, during which Tony Ward was persuaded to allow his name to be put forward as the next SWOC President.
The next meeting will be held at the Bristol Pavilion on November 21st, hosted by Richard Baker and his colleagues from Southmead Hospital.