Past meetings

First virtual meeting

March 8th, 2021, via Zoom Meetings

“Mind if I record this?” – patients making audiovisual recordings of

consultations: a survey of surgeons’ experiences

D Magowan, L Burton, GL Williams (with thanks to the Welsh Barber Surgeons)

Department of General Surgery, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK

Last meeting

May 2019, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham

A successful meeting was held in the Medical Institute, where the local organiser was Mr Tony Da Silva. The guest speakers were Mr Richard Kerr and Mr Bill Allum, from the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, talking about the future of Surgery from different angles. The dinner was held in the Ramada Plaza Hotel. The prize winners were Matt Mortimer for the Ivor Lewis Medal, Sieh Yen Heng for the Junior Prize and Sophie Lewis for the poster prize.

Other meetings

May 2013, Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor

Portmeirion was the venue for this meeting. The calm, sunny weather complimented the beautiful setting. The society secretary was also the local organiser for this meeting. Despite the date co-inciding with other conferences, the meeting was well attended and enjoyed by all. The guest lecturers arrived by helicopter, landing in a local field but avoiding creating a ready supply of fresh lamb chops. The guest lecturers gave really excellent talks. Mr. David Nott OBE, presented his experiences in conflict zones, titled ‘War surgery in the Springtime’ and Professor Meirion Thomas shared his thoughts on Sentinal node biopsy in melanoma. Mr. Woodward, President of the Society presented the best abstract prize medals at the Society Dinner. Mr. S Rahmani won the registar prize for his presentation on laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and bowel bypass from Bridgend. The junior medal went to R Cox from the Royal Glamorgan for her presentation that reviewed patient mortality from one health board.

November 2012, University Hospital of Wales

The meeting was held at the Cardiff Hilton. The meeting was well organised and ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of the local organiser Mr. Chris Morris and his team. Our attendance co-incided with the arrival of the Samoa national rugby team who were also guests at the hotel and proved that they were too much for the lifts (one broke down), as well as the Welsh rugby team as it turned out! It was our pleasure to welcome Prof. Norman Williams PRCS as the guest speaker for the inaugural Les Hughes Memorial Lecture. He shared with the Society his reflections on the path of surgical innovation and research, particularly in his field of colorectal surgery. Following the evening dinner in a special ceremony, Prof. Williams presented medals to past Presidents of the Welsh Surgical Society. Prizes for the best abstracts were also presented by Prof. Williams. JS Williamson won the Registrar prize for Singleton Hospital colorectal unit’s study on MRI accuracy in neoadjuvant treatment for rectal adenocarcinoma and RJ Egan won the junior prize for the joint Abergavenny/Royal Gwent Breast units’ study on sentinal node mapping failure and axillary node involvement in Breast cancer.

May 2012, Withybush General Hospital

The Spring meeting was hosted by Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest. The local oraniser was Mr. Umughele. The local team were a pleasure to work with. The base hotel and host venue for the meeting was the St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot. The hotel and surrounds provided for an enjoyable meeting. Mr. Rhodri Williams, President of the Society, chaired the meeting.The Guest Speaker was Prof. Andrew Kingsnorth from Plymouth who presented on his enviable travels through parts of Asia on his global project hernia in which consultants from Wales have participated. Trainee prizes were awarded to Chris Houlden for his presentation on his surgical experiences in Africa, the junior prize went to C Rowlands from Cardiff for his paper on the influence of parathyroidectomy on renal calculi.

November 2011, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Rhyl

The Autumn meeting was hosted by Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and took place at the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno. Our thanks go to Mr. Richard Morgan who was the local organiser who chose an excellent venue for the meeting, Society Dinner and the ‘magical’ after-dinner entertainment. The meeting went smoothly and was a credit to all those involved in the organisation. The Society President, Professor Young chaired the meeting. The Guest Speaker session was shared by Mr. Wyn Lewis and Mr. Tim Harvard, Consultant Surgeons, who did an excellent presentation on their experience in developing a Centralised Upper G.I. Cancer Network in South Wales. The prizes for the best abstract presentations went to J. Horwood from Cardiff who won the Registrar’s prize for his presentation on factors that influence failure of early discharge in the enhanced recovery program, the Junior prize went to Thomas Williams from Bangor for his presentation on the influences of flexible nursing and timing of surgery on day case rates.

May 2011 Royal Glamorgan Hospital Llantrisant

The May meeting of the society was hosted by the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and the local organiser was Mr. Mike Rocker. The meeting was held at the Postgraduate education centre and Miskin Manor Country Hotel was selected as the base for accommodation and the Society dinner. The meeting was well attended and the quality of presentations very high. The program of activities went smoothly as was a credit to Mike and the team at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Professor Mansell handed over the Presidential chains of office to Professor Young. The Guest Speaker was Dr. Chris Jones, Medical Director NHS Wales and Deputy Chief medical Officer who gave an interactive talk on the current challenges facing the NHS in Wales.The prizes for best presentations went to Martin Evans who won the Registrar’s prize for his paper ‘The management of T1 colorectal cancer in Wales. Are we getting it right?’ and Thomas Baumer from Cardiff who won the junior prize for the paper ‘Margin status, re-excision and local recurrence rates after wide local excision for early breast cancer’.

November 2010 Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend

The meeting was held at the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Princess of Wales Hospital . The Society Dinner was held at the Atlantic Hotel, Seafront, Porthcawl. The meeting was well organised by Mr. Barry Appleton and his team. There was a good attendance by hardy individuals who braved the weather. The guest speaker was Miss Stella Vig, Tutor, RCS, and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Croydon University Hospital who gave an excellent talk on the current issues in surgical training. The Dinner was well attended and the hotel stood up well to the full force of the severe weather from the Atlantic. Prizes for the best presentations went to AJ Beamish from Bridgend on the topic of Laparoscopic Gastric Surgery and advancing laparoscopic techniques and to Clare Billings from Llandough Hospital on sacral stimulation in faecal incontinence and delivery of the service. Professor Mansel announced the winners and presented the medals.

May 2010 Nevill Hall Hospital Abergavenny

The Education Centre hosted the meeting and the Angel Hotel Abergavenny was chosen as the venue for the Society Dinner. The meeting was well attended and was a credit to the local organiser Mr. Paul Edwards and his team. Presentations covered a wide range of subjects and were of good calibre, reflecting the high number of abstracts submitted. The guest speaker was Professor Howard Young who presented on the difficult but very topical subjects of Consultant appraisal and workforce planning. The prize medals were announced and presented to Simon Weaver (his 2nd WSS prize) and Rachel Pollock by Mr. Braithwaite instead of Professor Mansel as Mr. Braithwaite was unable to attend the last meeting. Simon’s presentation on the comparison of weight loss using laparoscopic gastric banding vs. Roux-en-y gastric bypass from the Wirrel and Newport won the Registrar’s Prize and Rachel’s presentation on hospital length of stay and surgical performance from Bangor won the Junior Prize.

November 2009 Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Wrexham Maelor Hospital was the venue for a Welsh Surgical Society meeting that for the first time incorporated the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Mr Jonothan Pye organised this joint meeting, with the first day set aside for topical presentations related to current surgical practice. The society president Mr. Braithwaite was unable to attend much to his and our dismay. However, Professor Mansel graciously and ably stepped in at the last minute to chair the meeting. This was an unexpected ‘practice run’ for Professor Mansel as he would be the new President of the society following this meeting. Professor Mansel presented the Trainee prize at the end of the meeting to Eleri Davies for her presentation from Newport on intra-operative axillary lymph node analysis by PCR. The Gwilym Griffith Travelling Fellowship was awarded to Mr.Saklani for his visit to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in the US.

May 2009 West Wales General Hospital, Saundersfoot

St. Brides Hotel, Saunderfoot was chosen by Mr. Locker and was indeed a beautiful coastal setting for the meeting and Society Dinner. The hotel was most able to cater for all the activities of the society over the two days and as a backdrop, provided spectacular views in the fine weather. There was a good attendance. There were several video presentations that generally proceeded without technical issues. The society President, Mr. P Braithewaite presented the Trainee Prize to Neil Hopper (the second WSS prize for Neil) for his presentation from Swansea on issues surrounding AV Fistula and the poor placement of IV cannula .

November 2008 Royal Gwent Hospital, Tredegar House

Tredegar house proved to be a wonderful and very atmospheric venue for a well attended meeting. We were delighted that Mr Barney Harrison, president elect of the British Society of Endocrine Surgeons, came to the society dinner on Thursday evening. Barney spent two years as Senior Registrar in The Royal Gwent Hospital and met many old friends and colleagues from his time in Wales. On Friday morning he gave a wonderfully illustrated lecture regarding his extensive personal experience in laparoscopic adrenal surgery. The dinner was also held on the Tredegar House estate and Society President Mr Peter Milewski awarded the Trainee Prize to Jo Hilton for her presentation entitled “Lateral rectus abdominis preserving stoma: a novel technique to reduce parastomal herniation.” It was also announced that Amit Goyal was to receive the Gwilym Griffith Travelling fellowship for 2008.

May 2008 Ysbyty Gwynedd, Portmeirion

Portmeirion provided a wonderful setting for a predictably very well attended spring meeting. The society was delighted to welcome Nobel laureate for medicine Sir Martin Evans who gave a very enlightening address on his work on stem cells. At the society dinner, President Mr Peter Milewski presented the registrar prize to Jessica Wright for her presentation entitled “Is outpatient assessment of minor surgical problems unnecessary? Results from a ‘One-Stop’ Clinic at a district general hospital.”

November 2007 Swansea

The meeting and dinner were held in the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. The registrar prize was awarded to Mr John Barry for his presentation “Prognostic significance of endoluminal ultrasound (EUS) defined tumour length in patients diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.” A society tie was also awarded David Samuels, a final year medical student, who gave an excellent presentation on orchidopexy and coped particularly well with the subsequent questions. The guest lecture was given by Professor Matt Thompson who presented very persuasive data regarding improving outcomes with increasing surgeon, and institution workload in vascular surgery. It was announced that Guy Blackshaw will receive the Gwilym Griffith travelling fellowship for his planned visit to the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo to learn from their unique experience in gastric cancer surgery.

May 2007 Llandough

Given the upheaval in medical education it is not surprising that the meeting was dominated with MMC/MTAS. Once again we were delighted to welcome Mr Bernie Ribeiro PRCS to the meeting and the society dinner. On Friday morning a large number of delegates attended for his review of the situation regarding MTAS and his view of how surgical training should proceed. In particular his opinion that there should be competitive entry to training at the ST3 level. This view gained the unanimous support of the consultant members present. On a lighter note Mr Ribeiro was able to present a Hunterian Medal to Professor Wyn Lewis following his address entitled “Prognostic factors influencing the outcomes of Gastric Cancer treatment; lessons from a decade of specialist practice in Wales.” Mr Ribeiro’s attendance at recent meetings and continued strong support of the society has been greatly appreciated by the members. President of the society Mr Rod Jones presented the registrar prize to Mr Simon Weaver for his presentation entitled “Diabetes – a surgically curable disease” at the society dinner in the Copthorne Hotel.

November 2006 Merthyr Tydfil

The society was delighted to welcome the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Mr Bernie Ribeiro. His visit produced a particularly good attendance from both society members and surgical trainees. His thought provoking presentation, combined with a talk from Mr Bill Allum representing the SAC in General Surgery, clarified some of the confusion surrounding the implementation of MMC. The society dinner was held at the Ty Newydd Country Hotel in Hirwaun where president Mr Mike Jamison presented the registrars prize to Jennifer Johnson, a trainee in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, for her presentation on enhanced recovery following colorectal resection.

May 2006 Ysbyty Bronglais, Aberystwyth

The scientific meeting was held in the beautiful surroundings of the National Library in Aberystwyth. The guest lecture was given by Mr Jonathan Pye. Jonathan, together with his Wrexham colleague Tony DaSilva traveled to Pakistan to help in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in the autumn of 2005. It was sobering for all to see the great effort that both made in what must have been at times harrowing conditions in the children’s hospital in Islamabad. The society dinner was held in “bracing” conditions in the Marine Hotel on the promenade. Mr Mike Jamison presented the trainee prize to Dr Rhidian Jones, an FP1 in the Princess of Wales Hospital, for his presentation entitled “Transperitoneal laparoscopic repair: A safe and effective approach for all inguinal hernias”

November 2005 Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Rhyl

The meeting was held in the postgraduate centre in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. A large number of abstracts were submitted for the meeting and the turnout reflected the considerable interest. The dinner was held at the Imperial Hotel on the promenade in Llandudno where Mr Nader Khonji was presented with the trainee’s prize for his paper on the use of MRI in lobular carcinoma of the breast. The society was delighted to welcome back Mr Nigel Scott for the guest lecture on Friday morning. His pragmatic approach to the management of fistulae was very well received.

May 2005 Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest

The meeting was well supported and more than 100 people registered over the two days. Mrs Lynette George, Chairman of the Pembrokeshire and Derwen Trust attended the Dinner. This was held at the Pembrokeshire College and the food was cooked and served by students at the college. Unfortunately, the current president Mr Keith Vellacott was unable to attend and the meeting was therefore chaired by Mr John Harvey as immediate past president. The registrar’s prize was won by Mr Neil Hopper for his paper “D2 Gastrectomy learning curve, myth or steep reality?”

Dr Trevor Pickersgill a Consultant Neurologist at UHW gave a very informative lecture on the role of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB).

November 2004 The Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant

The meeting was a great success with more than 100 delegates attending the Thursday afternoon session. The dinner was held at the Miskin Manor Hotel where the president, Mr John Harvey, presented the Registrar’s medal to Mr Omar Eshun for his paper entitled “Who Needs a Temporal Artery Biopsy?” Mr Robin Kennedy, consultant Surgeon in Yeovil District Hospital gave the Guest lecture on enhanced recovery following colorectal resection.