SOWRA 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting

Mon June 13, 2011, Newquay

The Programme (Provisional):

09:00 Registration opens
09:30 The ultrasound guided nerve block - is it safe, what is the evidence?
Dr David Conn, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Management, Exeter
10:15 ESRA Guidelines re: "how to avoid/minimise the risk of neurological complications"
Dr Barry Fischer, Consultant Anaesthetist, Redditch
11:00 Break
11:15 Risks and benefits of Regional Anaesthesia;do we have the evidence we need?
Dr Barry Fischer, Consultant Anaesthetist, Redditch
12:00 Neuraxial Blockade – its place in the present and the future.
Dr Iain Christie, Consultant Anaesthetist, Plymouth
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Trainee Presentation Competition
14:30 Rectus sheath catheters–their place in surgery and enhanced recovery programs.
John McGrath,Consultant Urologist,Exeter
15:15 Break
15:30 Incidental pathology on ultrasound – important diagnoses not to miss
Dr Kim Farmer,Consultant Radiologist,Truro
16:15 Beyond pain relief –other benefits of regional anaesthesia
Dr James Maybin,ESRA?UK Fellow, Nottingham
17:00 SOWRA Annual General Meeting & Election of Officers
17:30 Close
  5 CPD Points Approved

Trainee presentation competition and prize

Abstracts are invited from trainees for a 10-minute presentation on a topic relating to regional anaesthesia. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the organising committee with the 4 highest scoring abstracts selected for oral presentation.There will be 3-4 minutes for questions following the presentation. Audit, original research, case reports and reviews will all be considered. Any applicants not selected for an oral presentation will be invited to submit their presentation as a poster.

The competition is open to all trainee grades. Career grades may also apply to enter but are not eligible for the prize.

A prize of up to £300 will be awarded to the best trainee submission. The prize must be used to fund further education in regional anaesthesia (e.g to attend a meeting/course.)

Download a submission form here. Closing date for trainee prize applications 16th May 2011.

In the event of insufficent competition or poor general standard, the judging panel reserves the right not to award a prize.Prize money will be released to the winner upon receipt of details of how it will be used.

The Venue:


Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth. TR8 4BU.

Check the website. Google it. A short walk from Mawgan Porth Beach, this hotel offers fantastic facilities, rooms, food and conference facilities.

2 miles from Newquay Airport

Come and stay for the preceding weekend at conference rates for a great opportunity to network, surf, sunbathe, spa, play tennis, walk, fish, swim.

Bring your family, spouse, lover.........

The cost:

Delegate fee: £75 for consultants £60 for others


All registration is via our website

Surely the most enjoyable and best value conference you will find.

Local organising committee: Dr K Mitchell, Dr G Matthews & Dr R Langford - Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro