Dear Delegates and Members of the British Trauma Society.
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting being held at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel in Sheffield on the 8-9 November 2017. On the 7 November we are running two educational courses, namely a medicolegal course supported by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and one on emergency external fixation with a hands on workshop sponsored by DePuy-Synthes.
Sheffield is the city of steel whose name is derived from the river Sheaf which runs through the city and is historically part of the west ridding of Yorkshire now the county of South Yorkshire with a population of around 550,000 making it the UK’s 8th largest city. Its steel industry in the 19th century made it the key player of the Industrial Revolution.
Sheffield boasts two universities and four main hospitals namely the Northern General which is the Major Trauma Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire with the Weston Park Hospital being its cancer hospital and of course the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
This is our 27th annual meeting and we have received some very exciting and interesting abstracts for presentation and posters and we also have keynote speakers who are leaders in their field and we are very much looking forwards to their contribution. As each year beforehand we are awarding prizes for the best papers of clinical interest and scientific interest as well as medicolegal interest. There are also prizes for the best posters. Any medical speciality or profession allied to medicine including students and trainees who have something to say regarding the treatment of the injured are welcome to attend as delegates, submit their research for presentation and become members of the British Trauma Society that is now becoming affiliated to ESTES, The European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.
As before we are gratefully supported by the trade without who we could not stage such a meeting and I would encourage delegates to inspect and discuss their innovations.
On behalf of the Executive board of the BTS I look forwards to welcoming you all in November.
Stuart Matthews FRCS
President and Trustee
The British Trauma Society