World­wide health ex­perts de­scend on Din­gle this week for in­dus­try con­fer­ence

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

HEALTH ex­perts from Europe, Aus­tralia, Africa and the USA are in the Skel­lig Ho­tel this week to dis­cuss global health is­sues at a ma­jor con­fer­ence that was brought to Din­gle through a fam­ily con­nec­tion.

This is the 20th year that the Skel­lig Ho­tel has hosted the EBPOM Din­gle Cur­rent Con­tro­ver­sies in Anaes­the­sia and Peri-Op­er­a­tive Medicine con­fer­ence, which was first brought here in 1999 by Prof Michael Mythen and his Univer­sity of Southamp­ton col­league (and sis­ter) Siob­han.

The Mythen’s Din­gle con­nec­tion comes about through their mother, Joan Fitzgerald from Lis­pole, who em­i­grated to Lon­don in 1948 to join the first wave of Ir­ish nurses re­cruited by the newly formed Bri­tish Na­tional Health Ser­vice. The fam­ily con­nec­tion with Din­gle was main­tained through sum­mer hol­i­days ‘home’ and it was dur­ing one such visit for a fam­ily wed­ding that the first EBPOM Din­gle con­fer­ence came to be booked into the Skel­lig Ho­tel.

That con­fer­ence was opened by Michael and Siob­han’s un­cle Sen­ta­tor Tom Fitzgerald (RIP) and since then the an­nual event has been at­tended by over 3,000 doc­tors from around the world who spe­cialise in anaes­the­sia, critical care and peri-op­er­a­tive medicine.

“The con­fer­ence is known all over the world and part of its suc­cess is due to the sup­port we get from Din­gle,” Michael told The Ker­ry­man as the con­fer­ence opened on Mon­day. It runs un­til Fri­day, cov­er­ing top­ics rang­ing from global health and peri-op­er­a­tive medicine to the New Zealand ap­proach to trans­port­ing crit­i­cally ill pa­tients.

Photo by De­clan Malone

EBPOM Din­gle med­i­cal con­fer­ence founders and or­gan­is­ers Mike Gro­cott, Siob­han and Michael Mythen in the Skel­lig Ho­tel on Mon­day.

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