Worldwide health experts descend on Dingle this week for industry conference
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.
EBPOM Dingle medical conference founders and organisers Mike Grocott, Siobhan and Michael Mythen in the Skellig Hotel on Monday.