Myelopathy.org at the British Association of Spine Surgeons Conference, Brighton Centre, 3 – 5 April, 2019.Read Now
It was an early start on a cold & frosty Wednesday morning in order to take the Myelopathy.org information stand to the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS)
conference 2019 in Brighton at the Brighton Centre
Here for three days, it was another opportunity to spread the word about the charity & the support group to many more neurosurgeons & allied health professionals from all around the United Kingdom (UK). At the helm, once again, was Delphine Houlton, Myelopathy.org’s Public Relations & Media Consultant & Shirley Widdop, Myelopathy.org volunteer & Myelopathy Support on Facebook admin
Our stand really stood out with our new bright orange table cloth, resplendent with the Myelopathy.org logo. Once again we had our customary CSM-themed chocolate M&Ms & stripey candy canes to tempt the delegates as they persued our literature & sought more information from us.
This year, we had the clear purpose of ascertaining the principle priorities & needs of neurosurgeons & allied health professionals when treating patients with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy, so that Myelopathy.org know which direction to take moving forward. A prize-winning questionnaire – for a £10 Amazon voucher no less, as devised by Delphine, was on offer that enabled the delegates to rate their priorities in order of importance with regards to improving myelopathy patient outcomes, such as increasing GP & public awareness, research to improve clinical outcomes, reducing MRI scan & patient referral wait times, pain relief, NICE guidelines, use of therapeutic pathways, sources of information & monitoring of patients not requiring surgery.
Once again we met with some very keen health care professionals who were delighted to see that there was now a charity specifically dedicated to patients with myelopathy, in particular representatives from (in no particular order) Kings College, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Southampton University Hospital, Salisbury District Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, James Cook University Hospital, Ipswich Hospital & Great Western Hospital. Many thanks for your valuable feedback & insights.
The highlight of Day 2 of the conference was the BASS Gala dinner, held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton . It was truly a special event with fabulous sea-side themed food & drinks held in sumptuous surroundings, all in aid of Horatio’s Garden – a wonderful charity whose aim is to create & care for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS Spinal Injury Centres so that those with spinal cord injuries have somewhere to relax with their family & friends away from the hustle & bustle of the wards.
A prize draw raffle was held & our very own Delphine was a winner – bagging a night’s stay for 2 at The Grand on a date of her choosing. Lucky lady!
Entertainment was provided by the most excellent Manchester-based band, Agent Smith who had travelled down that very day in their Hawaiian shirts, shorts & flip flops in order to help the delegates dance the night away - & yes, neurosurgeons sure know how to party, lol.
Our three day stay at the Brighton Centre was first-rate. It proved to be a most accessible venue. We cannot thank the stewards & waiting & catering staff highly enough. Nothing was too much trouble for the stewards – they were always kind, pleasant & helpful. My personal thanks goes to Daniel, who showed me the way on my first day there. The food & refreshments were excellent & the service was second to none. We thank them for all their hard work.
Particular thanks also goes to Henry Dodds, administrative support at the UK Spine Societies Board who was so helpful on many occasions in terms of parking needs & also the clinical poster presentation. He helped everything go swimmingly & made sure that we were well looked after.
All in all, it was another successful conference – the word is spreading.
The myelopaths are coming!
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