ASiT Conference 2006


The ASiT conference in 2006 was held in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as part of the Quincentenary celebrations of the college. This conference included a lively and interactive programme that has set the standard for future ASiT conferences.


ASiT Conference 2006 Report


Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh | Edinburgh
Friday 17 March - Sunday 19 March

The ASiT Annual Conference was held in Edinburgh form the 17th to 19th March 2006, and attracted a total of 121 registered participants. 

This conference celebrated the 30th anniversary of ASiT, in combination with the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and it was a pleasure to avail of the facilities at the College in Eidnburgh. The programme was full and varied and included excellent presentations from some of those 1976 pioneers, including Anthony Giddings and John Black, relating to the history and evolution of ASiT, along with very topical medico-political discussions featuring the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the President of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow.

The Silver Scalpel Award continues to grow in strength, and this year saw Ms Fiona MacNeill being the excellent trainer to be awarded the ASiT Silver Scalpel Award for 2006.  It is acknowledged by all that the key to the success of the forthcoming training schemes lies with the quality of training delivered, and indeed the quality of the trainer. 

The training theme was aptly continued with presentations from Linda deCossart, Jonathon Beard, and a highly entertaining and useful presentation from David O’Regan.  Nigel Standfield was able to provide some much needed advice, and wisdom, for the current cohort of SHO’s involved in the transition to MMC.  The conference also saw the most competitive and largest scientific session in recent history. 

The social aspect of ASiT was also explored and enjoyed with a black tie gala dinner at the Balmoral hotel, although the ceilidh did induce a few joint effusions in some of those founder members present!

This conference has provided a springboard and benchmark for all future ASiT Conferences!


Corporate Sponsors

Many thanks to our corporate sponsors who attended the meeting.


ActamedActamed Ltd

Calder Island Way



Telephone: 01924 200 550

Founded in 1990, Actamed was incorporated to distribute medical equipment to the public and private healthcare markets in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In September 2004, Actamed was acquired and became a part of the Arizant Inc. family of companies.

The Specialist Products team will be exhibiting the Scanlan range of surgical instruments designed to meet the specific needs of the cardiac, thoracic, vascular, transplant and neuro surgical specialties. As well as the NEW Zassi Bowel Management System – a unique system designed to protect patients and healthcare professionals from faecal contact and contamination.

Actamed will also be exhibiting Surgical Acuity loupes which are outstanding where it really counts - in Resolution, Field Width, and Field Depth - giving surgeon’s superior visualisation. Made of Titanium, with a choice of frames, the loupes are lighter than conventional loupes.


MPS logoThe Medical Protection Society

Telephone: 0845 718 7187

Professional practice is ever more demanding. The Medical Protection Society can provide protection against complaints and litigation, with access to knowledgeable, sympathetic advice from specialist colleagues who understand your needs.

MPS is a mutual association of professionals: an independent, forward-thinking, support organisation, which is run by doctors for doctors. We are not an insurance company and do not exist to make profits. Indeed the funds are owned by you, the member. We have a worldwide membership in excess of 200,000 and resources to match.

Membership of MPS offers access to a range of medico-legal services, including professional indemnity for adverse awards of costs and damages in medical negligence cases. We can help with advice, assistance and representation in

  • Negligence claims, including indemnity for damages and costs
  • Medical council proceedings
  • Health authority/board and hospital inquiries
  • Disciplinary proceedings for alleged professional misconduct or incompetence
  • Inquests
  • Complaints
  • Criminal matters arising from professional practice

We also offer advice on a wide range of ethical and general queries on legal aspects of professional practice. If necessary, we will engage specialist, experienced lawyers to deal with your case.



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York Medical Technologies Ltd

Telephone: 01757 702444 

Founded in 2004, York Medical Technologies Ltd (YMT) has rapidly grown to become a leading distributor of quality surgical instruments, scopes and disposables. Formed around a very experienced sales team, YMT now distributes for top Swedish, German and US manufacturers such as Stille, Heinz Waldrich, Tontarra, Thompson, Geomed, Normed, Dufner, Zeppelin and Zepf.

YMT also supplies British pattern instruments from B&H, Dixons, Murrays and others along with a very high quality range of open mesh sterilisation baskets from Robouw Medical.

We also carry a wide range of disposable items, including arthroscopy cannulae, Kirshner wires and skin staplers. Left handed scissors and needleholders are also available. 

New for 2006 are a range of theatre fluid management products from Colby, and a range of sutureless, tension free hernia meshes and urinary incontinence slings from Herniamesh SRL.

YMT is a PASA Framework Approved Supplier.


Medical Sickness

Medical Sickness

Colmore Circus


B4 6AR

Telephone: 0800 358 6060

Medical Sickness provides career long financial advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the medical profession.

We work in partnership with our clients to build and execute bespoke long-term financial plans aimed at minimising the financial risks that relate to personal, professional and practice needs.


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Stryker UK Limited
Stryker House, Hambridge Road
Newbury, Berkshire    RG14 5EG
Tel: +44 (0) 1635 262400
Fax: +44 (0) 1635 556573

Stryker is a leader in the worldwide orthopaedic market and is one of the world's largest medical device companies. Stryker delivers results through a wide range of capabilities including joint replacements, trauma, spine and micro implant systems, orthobiologics, powered surgical instruments, surgical navigation systems, endoscopic products as well as patient handling and emergency medical equipment.




ETHICON Products Ethicon

P.O. Box 1988

Simpson Parkway

Kirkton Campus


EH54 0AB

Tel. 0800 864060  Fax 01344 864122

ETHICON, a division of JOHNSON & JOHNSON MEDICAL LIMITED, is the worldwide leader in suture products and suture technology and is one of the most recognisable and well-respected brand names in the hospital environment.   The division has a long history of innovation in providing products – including sutures, topical adhesives, surgical meshes and wound drains – that improve lives by advancing the standard of care in tissue repair.