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GPs from Herts and Essex enjoy another successful GP Study DayTuesday 29 November 2016

GPs and primary care health professionals from across Essex and Hertfordshire gathered in Stansted on 24 November for a study day on Men and Women’s Health. The Study Day was organised by Ramsay Health Care’s Eastern Region and was the third of its kind to be held this year.

The seminar provided a packed agenda including seven different sessions from leading consultant speakers and plenty of discussion opportunities between delegates and the specialists. Chris Booth, the Clinical Director at CHAPS Men’s Health Charity and former Consultant Urologist expertly chaired the day, which was summed up by one of the 83 delegates as “a very informative day, covering a wide range of topics.”

Miss Helene Bryde-Andersen, Consultant Urologist at Rivers Hospital, kick-started the morning with an informative presentation on the diagnosis and treatment of cystitis and recurrent urinary tract infections, which generated lots of questions from the audience.  One GP commented the session has “made me reconsider how to manage a few of my patients.”

Dr Leon van Huyssteen, Consultant Psychiatrist at Pinehill Hospital started his presentation with examples of a number of high profile celebrities who have recently spoken in the media about their own mental health illnesses. He went on to explain how to clinically diagnose depression in the surgery and provided an excellent review of medication and anti-depressant choices.

A last minute change to the programme saw Joanne Hill, breast cancer nurse specialist, kindly stepping into the breach for Miss Harleen Deol, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, to present an update on the diagnosis and surgical management of breast cancer.  Joanne reiterated the importance of oncoplastic surgery alongside breast cancer surgery to facilitate better physical and emotional outcomes for the woman.

This led nicely into a similar talk after lunch from Mr Rajiv Pillai, Consultant Urologist at Oaks Hospital, who spoke about the need for a shared integrated care approach for prostate cancer patients.  During his talk, Mr Pillai focused particularly on NICE guidelines including the hot topic of using MRI in prostate cancer diagnosis and was able to showcase a number of patient case studies.

Mr Raghu Vindlacheruvu, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Springfield Hospital, presented a useful insight into the symptoms and possible causes of back pain.  He covered the red flags for spinal degeneration, stressing that clearly everyone’s spine will degenerate during their lifetime it’s differences to the natural/expected degeneration that are red flags.

A very interactive and passionate discussion followed the afternoon break on the new NICE guidelines for two week wait referrals for anaemia, indigestion and changes in bowel habit.  Dr Robert Mead, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Pinehill Hospital, voiced that the new guidelines are to help doctors treat patients without necessarily having to routinely refer to hospital whilst also helping to find the extra cancers that are being missed.

Rounding up the conference was Mr Colin Partington, Consultant Gynaecologist at Springfield and Oaks Hospitals. Mr Partington kept the audiences’ attention until the very end with a highly entertaining and informative talk on the genetics of ovarian cancer, perfectly described by one delegate as “education and comedy”.

The 2017 schedule of regional GP Study Days will be announced shortly. Invitations to our FREE GP events are communicated via email. So, to make sure you don't miss out please send an email to with the subject line "Please add me to your GP mailing list."

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