Day 2: Friday 23rd October, 2015.

08:00
Case Report Prize
supported by generous educational non-entailed grant from KarlStorz.
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Adjudication Panel:
Prof Angus JM Watson
Professor of Surgery,
University of Stirling.

Prof Michael Polkey
Professor of Respiratory Medicine,
Imperial College London.

Dr Tyler G Hughes
Director, American Board of Surgery.

Finalists: (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Jejunal diverticulosis; a cause of massive gastrointestinal haemorrhage"
    Dr Panagiota "Penny" Birmpili, Core Surgical Trainee, Mersey Deanery.

  • "Lichen sclerosis; the missing genetic link"
    Miss Alison Bradley, Surgical Registrar, Scotland.

  • "The right to refuse"
    Dr Joanna Buchan, Surgical Registrar, Scotland.

  • "Q-fever in an infantry solider - a time bomb"
    Mr Alan Dawson, Cardiothoracic Registrar, Leicester.

  • "Microscopic polyangiitis; a case report"
    Dr Olivia McKnight, Foundation Doctor, Belford Hospital, Fort William.

  • "The unusual case of Capecitabine induced ileitis"
    Dr Owain Prys-Jones, Foundation Doctor, Edinburgh.

  • "Problem Gambling - who and what are at stake?"
    Miss Harpreet Singh, Medical Student, University of Newcastle.

  • "Acute Abdomen in a rural Scottish village"
    Miss Jo Smith, Medical Student, University of Edinburgh


Followed by: Tea & Coffee
10:00Session 4: Challenges "So you think you can do this?"
Chair: Prof Angus JM Watson,
Professor of Surgery, University of Stirling.
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.


  • Mr John Kyngdon - Changing Big city attitudes, globally
  • Miss Sarah Prince - Innovations that have worked for Fort William (and lessons learned).
  • Dr Duncan Scott - Rotational inreach job
  • Dr Patrick Byrne - Dual accreditation - GP & GIM
12:00Keynote 1: History of the Belford Hospital
Dr Brian Tregaskis, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Clinical Director, Belford Hospital.
Followed by: Lunch & Poster Viewing
13:15Keynote 2: Mrs Elaine Mead, Chief Executive Officer, NHSH.
Pushing Boundaries, Thinking Differently.
13:40Keynote 3: Prof Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Title: Rural Health Generalism – Past / Present / Future.
14:00Session 5: Controversies - Service Provision in a Rural General Hospital.
Chair: Dr Brian Tregaskis,
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Clinical Director, Belford Hospital.
Medical Officer, Mountain Rescue Committees of Scotland.


  • Mrs Gill McVicar, Director of Operations NHS Highland. Being Here - Resilience and sustainability.
  • Dr Angus Cameron, Medical Director, NHS Dumfries & Galloway.
  • Dr Mike Jones, Society of Acute Medicine
  • Prof David Haslam, NICE, and RCGP.
  • Dr Gordon McDavid, Medical Protection - The Legal view-point
Followed by: Tea & Coffee
16:00Session 6: "What has the Belford ever done for me?"
Chair: Dr Emma Watson,
Director of Medical Education, NHS Highland.
Consultant Microbiologist, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.


  • Miss Alison Bradley, Surgical Registrar, West of Scotland.
  • Mr Milan Samarage, Neurosurgical Trainee, West Midlands
  • Dr Steven Brown, GP, Kinlochleven & Fort William.
  • Dr Farihah Tariq, Research Fellow, Oxford Eye Hospital, John Radcliffe.
  • Dr Jonathan Hetherington, Anaesthetic Trainee, Aberdeen.
  • Dr Heather Penman, Emergency Medicine Registrar, Canterbury DHB, New Zealand.
  • Dr Pete Williams, Consultant Emergency Medicine & Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin.
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