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Guernsey student at UK conference

July 10, 2018

A Guernsey medical student is accompanying an MSG consultant to present research to a national conference in the UK today.

Anna Ogier was the recipient of the Medical Specialist Group’s 2015 Student Bursary, which not only provided funding towards her time at medical school, but also work experience at the MSG during her summer holidays.

Anna spent several weeks in 2017 reviewing emergency laparotomy cases at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital over a two year period, working in line with the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA).

MSG surgeons Carol Makin and Robert Kiff then used the data prepared by Anna to produce a report comparing Guernsey outcomes with those reported by NELA. They submitted it to the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and were invited to present their findings at the Association’s annual conference in Birmingham on Tuesday 10th July 2018.

“It is a great piece of work by Carol and Rob, while Anna put in a lot of work on it and so we thought it was fitting for her to assist Carol in presenting it at the conference,” said MSG chairman, Dr Gary Yarwood. “We are therefore funding Anna’s fares and we think that attending it will be a really good experience for her.”

The MSG is hoping that the two consultants and Anna, who is studying medicine at Bristol University, will also be able to deliver a talk to local healthcare professionals later in the summer, to demonstrate how various elements at the PEH have contributed to the positive outcomes locally.

“Very good outcomes with this particular patient group can’t be achieved without a lot of things being very good within a hospital,” said Dr Yarwood. “This research demonstrates how good teamwork and good facilities at the PEH have enabled results that compare very favourably with national figures.”

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