Day 3: Saturday 24th October, 2015.

08:00Session 7: Mountain Rescue Teams (MRT) & Belford Hospital - A Symbiosis
  • Mr Chris Stirrup. Belford A&E ENP & Lochaber MRT.
  • Dr Chris Ellis. GP & Glencoe MRT, Medical Attendant World Downhill MTB Championships, Doctor to West Highland Race (Glasgow to Fort William).
  • Mr Simon Steer. Chair, Mountain Rescue Committees of Scotland.
  • Dr Brian Tregaskis. Medical Director, Mountain Rescue Committees of Scotland.
Followed by: Tea & Coffee
10:00Keynote 4: Rural Working around the World
  • Mr John Kyngdon, ex-officio Chair of the New Zealand National Surgical Board, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, New Zealand.
  • Dr Tyler G. Hughes, Founding Chair of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council on Rural Surgery & Director, American Board of Surgery.
  • Prof O. James Garden, University of Edinburgh & Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Miss Sarah Prince, Consultant Surgeon, Belford Hospital, Fort William.
12:00Keynote 5: Prof David Haslam CBE. Chair, NICE (National Institute of Care & Health Excellence).

Followed by: Lunch & Poster Viewing
13:15The "Eureka!" Moment in my career.

Keynote 6: Prof James Garden CBE, Regius Professor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh.
Keynote 7: Dr Mike Jones, Society of Acute Medicine & Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
14:00Session 8: Tricks of the trade / Bad day on-call / Guidelines.
Chair: Mr John Kyngdon, Consultant Surgeon, New Zealand.
ex-officio Chair of the New Zealand National Surgical Board, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, New Zealand.
  • Lessons learned from 20 years of Belford referrals - Dr Andrew Flapan, Consultant Cardiologist, Edinburgh & Physician to the Queen in Scotland.
  • Thoracic Trauma Emergency Workshop - Mr Alasdair MacMillan, QHS, Consultant Surgeon, Belford Hospital.
  • "Hold my beer, watch this..." Dr Tyler Hughes, Consultant General Surgeon, McPherson, Kansas, USA.
Followed by: Tea & Coffee
16:00Session 9: The Education Debate.
"From Boerhaarve's bedside to box-ticking. What have we lost? What have we gained?"
if you had to focus the training of students and doctors on one crucial aspect of patient care, which would you invest the time and money in?
Chair: Dr Patrick Byrne,
GP and Consultant Physician, Belford Hospital.

  • Careful History taking - Prof David Haslam, Chair NICE.
  • Picking up and correctly interpreting Clinical signs - Dr Andrew Flapan, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
  • Access to prompt and appropriate diagnostics - Dr Mike Jones, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Society of Acute Medicine.


A vote (by show of hands) will be taken at the beginning and at the end of this session.

This will conclude at approx 17:00.
After this we will need to clear the venue and prepare for the party.
Please aim to return around 8pm
20:00CEILIDH & 150th Birthday Party.

Dress code: Smart / Casual, or as "posh" as you like! National Dress may be worn!
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