Day 1: Thursday 22nd October, 2015.

13:00Session 1: Introduction, Welcome & "Being Here"
  • Mrs Gill McVicar, MBE, Director of Operations, NHS Highland.
  • Mr Garry Coutts, Chair NHS Highland.
14:00Session 2: Updates in...
Introduction & Chair: Dr James Douglas, Provost North of Scotland Faculty, Royal College of General Practitioners.
Timekeeper: Dr Patrick Byrne.

  • Respiratory: "How do we sense breathlessness?"
    Dr Kyle Pattinson, Consultant Anaesthetist & Associate Professor, University of Oxford.
  • "3 cases of unexplained breathlessness":
    Prof Michael Polkey, Imperial College London & Royal Brompton Hospital.
    (These two talks will complement each other and intertwine).
  • Nephrology: Dr Robert Peel, Consultant Nephrologist, Raigmore, Inverness.
  • Gastroenterology: "To 'scope or not to 'scope":
    Mr Malcolm Loudon, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Belford Hospital.
  • Diabetes Practicalities: Dr Lyndsey McConnell, GP Kinlochleven & GPwSI Diabetes, Lochaber.
Followed by: Tea & Coffee
16:00Session 3: Future resilience, thriving & sustaining. Innovation that will lead the UK.
Forget about Primary vs Secondary Care. Forget about Rural vs District vs City Hospitals.
Start with the patient and remain with the patient.
Panel Session:
  • Dr Allan MacDonald, Consultant Geriatrician, Belford Hospital, Fort William.
  • Dr Martin Wilson, Consultant Geriatrician, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
  • Dr Karen Le Ball, Consultant Geriatrician, London & NHS Highland.
  • Mr Simon Steer, Head of Social Integration, NHS Highland.
18:00Reception & Light Refreshments
Provisional program. Last minute changes can and may occur & the conference committee reserve the right to alter the program should the need arise.

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