SWOC Autumn meeting 2012
SWOC met for a thoroughly enjoyable day on Friday 9th November at the Eden Project near St Austell. Welcomed by Andy Jasper, who detailed the transformation of Eden from abandoned scarred clay pit to its current glorious state, delegates and trade representatives were able to wander down to the biomes during the breaks to experience the rainforest for themselves.
Three academic sessions allowed for 25 papers to be presented by trainees from around the region, with keen questioning from some of the senior members present.
David Joyce (friend of Gary Hampson and Memorial fund trustee) introduced Mike Parry from Bristol as the 2012 Hampson Prize winner, who then gave us an excellent insight into his research thesis on the potential trans-placental effects of metal debris.
For the first time since the early 1990’s, this year’s Kenneth Pridie Memorial lecture has been officially recognized by the University of Bristol. Delegates were given a shocking yet fascinating insight into the challenges faced by the trauma team at Camp Bastion (in particular in the evolving treatment of service personnel with traumatic amputations and pelvic injuries) by Lt Col Mike Butler and Surg Cdr Jon Matthews, consultants in Truro who have both undertaken recent tours to Afganistan.
The judges awarded the best paper prize to Sarah Dunkerley for her presentation of the Exeter shoulder group’s work on the anatomical variations in the deltoid artery. 60 delegates and partners attended an evening dinner at The Cornwall Hotel, topped off with some career anecdotes from David Bracey and a novel game for demonstrating that flexibility reduces with age!
The next meeting is likely to be hosted by David Pring and Chris Joslin in Guernsey in Spring 2013. Details will appear on the website when confirmed.