Plymouth 2019

26th April 2019
St Mellion Hotel
Andy Murphy & Colleagues


Plymouth 2019

38 delegates braved the early summer weather to attend the SWOC Spring 2019 meeting at St Mellion Hotel in Cornwall, hosted by Andy Murphy and colleagues from University Hospitals Plymouth on Friday 26th April.

Guest speakers:

Mr Simon Thomas from Bristol gave an entertaining presentation on “Keeping out of trouble in paediatric trauma”, a talk followed closely by the registrars in the room and even more closely by the Consultants!

Professor Andy Judge from the Universities of Oxford and Bristol attempted to make medical statistics as pain-free as possible for the gathered bone-setters.       

Mr James Metcalfe from Plymouth gave a personal and idiosyncratic view on flexible intramedullary nailing in paediatric trauma, both in the UK and in Nepal. 


15 abstracts were chosen to be presented, topics ranging from a web-based app to guide the management of ankle fractures, arthroscopy for the painful shoulder replacement, paediatric trauma in a regional centre, a region-wide review of treatment of odontoid peg fractures and accuracy of the National Hip Fracture database.   

The 2 best presentations were judged to be:

  • “Bicondylar Tibial Plateau Fractures: a retrospective review of 64 cases”, presented by Alex Matthews from Plymouth;
  • “Are the results of a centre with better than expected hip replacement survival a centre effect or secondary to implant decisions?”, presented by Jon T Evans from Exeter and Bristol.

Well done to Alex and Jon, both of whom win a £50 gift voucher. 

The Autumn SWOC meeting will be held on Friday Nov 8th at the Somerset Count Cricket Ground in Taunton, hosted by Barney Sheridan.

There will be a South West Paediatric Group (SWPOG) meeting on Thursday 8th hosted by Emily Mounsey, also from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.

Many thanks to Andy Murphy for hosting the meeting and providing a meeting report.