Welcome to Swansea! Croeso i Abertawe!
I am delighted to be hosting the Spring BSSH scientific meeting in my home town and workplace. I feel privileged to share this conference with Christy and the members of BAHT for our triennial get-together, and we’ve tried to accommodate a wide range of topics to suit all tastes.
Our international guest speakers are former presidents of their national societies with a vast knowledge and expertise of Hand Surgery and are sure to educate and entertain. Professor Neil Jones worked in Swansea at the start of his illustrious career and I am thrilled to be inviting him ‘home’. Karsten Kroner has a more tenuous link to Swansea through a Danish King, Sweyn Forkbeard, who gave the town its name in the 10th century – ‘Sweyns ey’!
Professor Joe Dias needs no introduction and will deliver the Douglas Lamb Lecture, applying his wisdom and vast experience to ‘The Distal Radius Fracture Story’ – can’t wait. I have also tried to showcase some of our local talent, and I’m grateful for their contributions on their specialist topics as they relate to the hand. I’m sure you’ll find their lectures on ultrasound imaging, regional anaesthesia and hand burns- stimulating and instructive.
I’m particularly looking forward to the sports injury rehabilitation session which features many of the leading therapists allied to a variety of sports and I’m grateful to Mike Hayton for organising it. Equally, the debate panel on CMCJ OA treatment dilemmas will no doubt stimulate and divide opinion, and I’m sure Nick Downing will skilfully orchestrate discussion.
It is very encouraging that we continue to receive a wealth of submissions for presentations and posters; I’m sure you’ll support our trainees in the ‘free paper’ sessions and provide constructive appraisal and questions. Please also show your support and thanks to the industry representatives who support these meetings – visit the stands, and make them feel welcome.
Finally, I hope you enjoy your visit to my ‘ugly lovely town’ and use the opportunity to visit the stunning Gower peninsula and its beaches, meet old friends and make new ones. The dinner is being held in the beautiful Brangwyn hall. A Welsh male voice choir will welcome you all and after dinner there is dancing to the ‘Arrhythmics’.
Mr David Newington
I am honoured to welcome you all to the joint BSSH and BAHT triennieal conference here in Swansea. I am proud of the very close and cohesive working relationship that BAHT and BSSH continue to have. The conference looks to showcase some fantastic collaborative working that has been occurring in the UK and give all delegates an opportunity to network and learn from each other.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Ian McNab who has been our honorary president for the past 3 years. He has been of tremendous support to BAHT and is a role model to all.
I hope you all enjoy the conference