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Regional Symposium: Bedford

RCPE Regional Symposium Bedford

Date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Lecture Theatre, Learning and Education Centre,
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
MK42 9DJ


The RCPE organises a number of regional symposia in different parts of the UK. All grades of medical and other healthcare staff are welcome and you do not need to be a Fellow or Member of RCPE, or from the immediate area to attend. This is the first event to be held in Bedford and will cover investigating on the acute take; dealing with abnormal renal function on the acute take; specialist input at the front end and managing common presentations. If you require further information, please contact maggie.farquhar@rcpe.ac.uk.

Maggie Farquhar,
PA to CEO and Council Co-ordinator, Executive Secretariat,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3610

Email: Maggie.Farquhar@rcpe.ac.uk

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If you require further information in the meantime, please contact the Event Organiser.

Tuesday 31 October


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Investigating on the Acute Take

Chair: Professor Andy Collier, Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Ayr Hospital


Where are we are going with troponin positive chest pain?
Dr John Cooper, Consultant Cardiologist, Bedford Hospital


Medical ultrasound in the acute medical take
Dr Pasupathy Sivasothy, Consultant, Respiratory Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital


Over investigation: over diagnosing: over treating
Dr Mike Jones, Consultant Physician, University Hospital of North Durham


Panel Discussion


Coffee / tea


Dealing with abnormal renal function in the medical take - How can  a nephrologist help in admission prevention/early discharge
Dr Suresh Mathavakkannan, Clinical Director and Consultant Renal Physician, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust



Session 2 - Specialist Input at the Front End

Chair: Dr Tariq Rehman, Consultant Diabetes & Bariatric Physician, Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust


Unselected medical emergency admissions and the post-take ward round – the role of generalists and specialists
Professor Derek Bell, President, RCPE


Common gastroenterological emergencies in the acute take
Dr Radhakrishnan Hariraj, Consultant in Gastroenterology and Acute Medicine, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn


Coffee / tea

Session 3 - Managing Common Presentations

Chair: Dr Syed Tariq, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Luton & Dunstable Hospital


Approach to the breathless patient in the emergency department
Dr Mohammed Azher, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Bedford Hospital


Managing frailty on the acute admissions unit
Dr Zuzanna Sawicka, Consultant Physician, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust




Maggie Farquhar,
PA to CEO and Council Co-ordinator, Executive Secretariat,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3610

Email: Maggie.Farquhar@rcpe.ac.uk

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Online booking for this event closes on Thursday 26 October but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Event organiser for further information.

Registration fees



Standard fee


RCPE Fellow / Member






Long-term/other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


Bedford Hospital visitor information


Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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