Belford 50:150 Conference: 22-25 October 2015

belfordhospital‘Tis the season it seems, to start looking at what events are happening over the autumn and winter months.  Here’s a new one, which looks exciting and a great chance to join a wide range of fellow clinicians from rural medicine across Scotland and beyond.

The Belford 50:150 Conference will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Belford Hospital in Fort William, and the 50th anniversary of being on its present site.

The Belford Hospital serves a large area of rural Scotland, and as a result has been responsible for producing innovative approaches – and some fantastic characters! – in the provision of rural healthcare.  The conference is aimed at a wide range of attendees – and there is an impressive line-up of speakers from Scotland and beyond covering a stimulating and interesting range of topics – including mountain rescue, difficult ‘oncall’ scenarios,  international perspectives, and reflections from Belford alumni on what their Belford training has done for them in their subsequent careers.

Some of the most recent 'graduates' of the Belford Hospital

Some of the most recent ‘graduates’ of the Belford Hospital

There’s also a social programme, featuring a ceilidh on the Saturday night, and I suspect there will be lots of reunions happening too.

Kudos to current Belford consultants Patrick Byrne and Sarah Prince for putting together such an attractive programme.  I’m booked and hope to see you there.

NB. Closing date for abstract submissions is Friday 28th August – full details on the website.

> Belford 50:150 Conference Website
Belford Hospital image used under Creative Commons licence: N Chadwick
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