Welcome from the ALTS Chair, Mrs Jane Bradley-Hendricks
ALTS (Association of Laparoscopic Theatre Staff) – 17 & 18 November 2011

Jane Bradley-Hendricks, ALTS Chair

A warm welcome to all ALTS members.

Within Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, you’ll find unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference – all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone. However the most important aspect is the ALS Annual Scientific Meeting!

This year promises to keep up the excellent programme, that just seems to improve year on year. When other conferences are struggling to maintain numbers and attract delegates the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeon’s Annual Scientific Meeting, in Cardiff City Hall on the 17 and 18 of November, is set to impress. The aim of the meeting is to provide something for everyone and is aimed at training the whole theatre team.

The first part of Thursday will be dedicated to live bariatric surgery; the second part will feature 3D colorectal, oesophagogastric, gynaecological, single port and robotic procedures.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited have promised to give us a very informative session on humidification of CO2, something we have not covered in the past.

You will notice that some of the ALTS programme coincides with the ALS Annual Scientific Meeting and that is so theatre practitioners don’t miss the keynote speakers.

The ALS is committed to providing affordable training for theatre practitioners and this year’s ‘early bird’ rate for members of £100 for two days really is excellent
value for money.

We are indebted to SIGH (Surgical Instrument Group Holdings Ltd) for providing a number of training bursaries for theatre practitioners, as an Association we recognize how difficult it is for practitioners to access funds to enable them to attend. Therefore we are always looking for new ways to assist with this.

If you have a spare £60 the ALS Conference Dinner on the Thursday night will be an enjoyable night out and there is always a surprise in store! Don’t plan on going to bed early!

Look forward to meeting you all.

Jane Bradley-Hendricks
ALTS Chair