Dear Association members and potential delegates,
We would like to welcome you to the Ibis London Earls Court Conference Centre (ILEC) which is the London venue for the 2016 ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting. Preparations are well underway for what we hope will be again an enjoyable and informative few days. The theme of this year’s meeting is broadly ‘haemostasis’ and the dates for your diary are Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November, immediately before Remembrance Day weekend.
Our annual Laparoscopic Surgery Training Day will be on Wednesday 9 November and this year the venue is the Clinical Skills Laboratory at St Mary’s Hospital, London W2, under the leadership of Professor Hanna and organised by Mr Paul Leeder. Places for this very popular training day are, as ever, free to trainee delegates but limited in number and early application is strongly recommended.
Whilst haemostasis is the theme we have a programme to interest all and the live operating day (not specifically designed to demonstrate all haemostatic options!) will be hosted on Thursday 10 November by the MATTU (Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit) based at The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, and will demonstrate abdominal procedures of interest to abdominal surgeons of all grades and disciplines as well as demonstrating ‘state of the art’ and novel laparoscopic technologies.
We will be pleased to welcome our colleagues from procurement with whom we are planning a minisymposium on the processes we need to understand for effective procurement of equipment in the modern NHS. Please encourage your local procurement teams to sign up and attend as it is a unique forum for us all to meet with industry and to try to move things forward in our local hospitals and operating theatres.
For the Scientific Meeting on Friday 11November we are delighted to welcome our international faculty; Professor Michael Kendrick from the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA, and Professor Luigi Boni, Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Research Center of the Department of Surgical and Morphological Sciences of the University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. Professor Kendrick is a Pancreatic Surgeon and will deliver the BJS Lecture and Professor Boni will discuss the exciting potential of ICG (Indocyanine Green) in laparoscopic surgery. The day will follow the popular and well-established format of papers, posters, DVD sessions and invited speakers.
In parallel with the scientific programme the ALTS programme will again be co-ordinated by Mrs Jane Bradley-Hendricks and will include the topic of camera skills management which will be of interest also to junior surgeons.
Finally, and in parallel with all this, we are grateful to again have access to the big black pantechnicon in which LapPass assessments may be taken. Appointment slots may be booked through Mrs Jennifer Treglohan (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance of the meeting and we hope this year to see a significant number of certificates being awarded.
Convinced? I hope so (and I haven’t even started on the social programme at The Queen’s Club!). We look forward to meeting you in London. The ILEC is an excellent venue and we are pleased that the conference accommodation at the Ibis is ‘on site’ and very reasonably priced. Close enough to Oxford Street and Christmas to kill two birds with one stone perhaps?
Mr Peter Sedman
Presidential Introduction (PDF)