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Anaesthetists notch up 20 years at London’s QEII Centre

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland appreciates ‘continuity’

PICTURED: Dr Paul Clyburn, President, AAGBI

London’s QEII Centre welcomed the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI) for the 20th consecutive year at the group’s Winter Scientific Meeting London earlier this month.

More than 1,000 delegates attended the event, which included talks from various keynote speakers including Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield, the prominent scientist, writer and broadcaster.

QEII’s audio-visual project manager Bill Slade has been involved in the annual event ever since AAGBI held its first winter meeting at the venue in 1997.

Zack Puttock, events manager at AAGBI, said: “Coming back year after year it helps to deal with the same people who know the event. Bill is very consistent, he understands our needs and knows what we want, as well as understanding our budget. He doesn’t talk in jargon and  ensures things always run smoothly – continuity makes everything so much simpler and easier and I never have to worry.”

The AAGBI’s Winter Scientific Meeting London is attracting more delegates year on year and the increased capacity of the Mountbatten room, as a result of refurbishment in 2016, is helping the venue continue to cater for the event’s growing numbers.

Chief executive at QEII Mark Taylor added: “QEII is proud to have an outstanding track record of providing a stage for pioneering research and innovative ideas and I am delighted that 20 years on, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland is still choosing to host its annual winter meeting here and making the most of our refurbished facilities.”

Meanwhile event professionals from around the world are rallying to save the QEII from being used by the House of Lords during the Westminster refurbishment, saying taking it away would be "madness".

More than 100 industry professionals have signed a petition urging the government to consider an alternative venue, as part of a campaign called Hands off Our QEII which has been launched by QEII board member Simon Hughes and this website’s sister publication M&IT magazine.

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