OK that has now been and gone and those who couldn't make it missed a lot of fun. Although there were some gaps in the organisation and a Half Marathon on the same day from the same venue really did NOT help with many people arriving late I am sure that those who came got a lot out of if. With one glaring exception the presentations were pitched at the right level and easily understandable although there is always a tendency for patients to ask specific questions about their own cases rather than ask for clarification about any points in the talk. Doctors presenting obviously can not comment on individual treatments as they have no case notes so please don't embarrass them by asking. The lack of a roving microphone for question was annoying to some people who could not hear the questions.
The round table discussions in the afternoon proved popular I think and believe the two I chaired went well with everybody having a chance to have their say about managing lifestyle changes due to AF. I can't speak about the other groups. Some subtle adjustment to the late afternoon time table ensured that we ended on time and most people had gone within half and hour with the marathon thankfully finished although road closures meant some interesting sat nav following getting away.
Thanks to the Pink Carnation Club for such an enjoyable evening on the Saturday and maybe we can entice a few more next year.
Oh and the glaring failure. The young lady from NHS England who must surely be a relative of Sir Humphrey Applebey and delivered an unintelligible talk about something which totally failed to live up to the title of what we might expect from the new NHS. What a lost opportunity!