ALTS (Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff)

Welcome from the ALTS Chair

Dear ALTS Members & Potential Delegates

A very warm welcome (as warm as it can be in November!) to the Ibis London Earls Court (ILEC) Conference Centre; we are very pleased to host the 2016 ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting here.

The theme of the meeting is ‘Haemostasis’. Whilst we never intentionally make anything bleed it is a complication that sometimes is unavoidable. Having all the latest up to date tips and tricks will keep us all much more competent and allow us to be in a much better position to deliver high quality care to our patients.

We will also be introducing the topic of using ICG (Indocyanine Green) in laparoscopic surgery. This is a relatively new topic and I am sure will be of interest to everyone. A wide variety of surgery is planned so everyone will see something they are familiar with and with which they can identify.

The ALTS programme is set alongside the main Scientific Meeting with Thursday as the live operating day with everyone together, watching and learning as a team.

On the Friday we have a parallel programme which crosses over with the main meeting but also addresses some of the issues our members have asked us to include. This year we will feature how to get the best out of camera systems and there will be an introduction to camera holding and the role of the assistant in minimal access surgery.

There is as usual a fantastic social programme and I do encourage you to book early for both the conference and the conference dinner. This is always a great event and is being held at the nearby Queen’s Club. Founded as The Queen’s Club Limited on 19 August 1886 by Evan Charteris, George Francis and Algernon Grosvenor, the Queen’s Club was the world’s second multipurpose sports complex, after the Prince’s Club, and became the only one after the Prince’s Club relocated to Knightsbridge and lost its outdoor sports facilities. The club is named after Queen Victoria, its first patron. On 19 May 1887 the first lawn tennis courts were opened and on 1–2 July 1887 the first sporting event was held when Oxford played Cambridge. The construction of the club buildings took about eighteen months and they were opened in January 1888. William Marshall, finalist of the inaugural 1877Wimbledon Championships was the architect.

The ALSGBI is committed to team working and recognises how difficult it is for staff to attend conferences and also cover the costs; we have therefore kept the prices very reasonable at £75 (members) and £110 (non-members) for the two day conference with accommodation and breakfast at £95 (single) and £105 (double) per night. You need to book early though as we expect it to be very busy and I don’t want you to miss out!

We are also very grateful to all our Industry Partners for providing some sponsored places that will cover registration and one night’s accommodation, places are limited so hurry up and get yours before they all go! Contact swilliams@alsgbi.org for more details.

It is a great venue and you could even stay on and do some (dare I mention the Xmas word!) shopping over the weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you all in London!

Mrs Jane P Bradley-Hendricks,
ALTS Chair

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