On the Scene: British Association of Sclerotherapists biennial conference, Hampshire

13 Jun 2016

Practitioners had the opportunity to refresh and update their skills, learn from international experts and network with their peers at the British Association of Sclerotherapists (BAS) Annual Meeting on April 28 at the Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Delegates were welcomed by Mr Philip Coleridge Smith, consultant vascular surgeon and BAS President who introduced the day’s agenda.

Three morning sessions focused on marketing and business development from CEO of Aesthetic Business Transformations Pam Underdown, owner of Web Marketing Clinic, Mark Bugg, and owner of iConsult, Richard Crawford Small.

Following these presentations was guest speaker Dr Patrizia Pavei, specialist in phlebological surgery at Padova Hospital, Italy, who spoke about the latest discussions on treating varicose veins, telangiectases and reticular varices, and sparked some lively debate in response to audience questions.

Dr Martyn King presented valuable information on the evidence for compression after sclerotherapy, which was followed by live demonstrations from consultant vascular surgeon Mr Philip Coleridge Smith and nurse practitioners Julie Halford and Claire Judge

In the late afternoon guest speaker Dr Savita Rangarajan, consultant haematologist, shared her expertise in DVT and thrombophlebitis and Mr Coleridge Smith addressed complications of foam and liquid sclerotherapy and how to avoid them.

Dr Steve Tristram, BAS chairman and consultant vascular physician from Basingstoke ended the day with his ‘top tips’ for treatment. After the event he said, “This meeting ticked all the boxes and provided something for everyone – a diverse audience found the speakers interesting, informative and motivational, and the topics relevant. This was confirmed by excellent feedback scores. Everyone went away with new ideas and practical skills to inform their practice, and I am pleased that it was such an enjoyable day!”

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