SWOS membership is available to all career grade ophthalmologists working in the South West of England and South Wales. Ophthalmologists in training grades are eligable for Associate Membership.

SWOS 2014 Meetings

Below are details of the meetings held in 2014: Barnstaple June 2014 & Bristol November 2014. Minutes of the meetings are found at the bottom of the page.


SWOS Bristol– Friday, 14th November 2014


NOTE: Presentations and lecture information to follow when received by SWOS web team.


The Clifton Pavilion
College Road
(Bristol Zoo Gardens) 


9:30 -10:00      Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Presentations and academic forum, Chaired by Prof James Morgan and Dr Richard Lee
Coffee break and exhibition till 11:30
11:30-12.00 Neuro Ophthalmology, Dr Denize Atan
12.00- 12.30 Visual fields and Electrophysiology, Dr Paul Spry
12.30- 1.00   Orbital disease (TBC)
13.00 –14.00 Lunch and exhibition
14.00- 15.00 Medical retina update, Miss Clare Bailey
Coffee break and exhibition till 15:30
15.30 - 16:00 Laser refractive Surgery, Mr Phil Jaycock
16.00-17.00 Making steroids work without the side effects", Dr Richard Lee


SWOS 2014 June Meeting Barnstaple

High Bullen Hotel Golf & Country Club

The 2014 SWOS meeting was held at the luxurious High Bullen Hotel Golf & Country Club.

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Date: Friday 13th of June 2014

Location: High Bullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club
Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh. North Devon. EX37 9HD

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Implementing this years NICE Guidance
14.30 - 15:00 Optimising Corneal scrapes – Tom Lewis Consultant Microbiologist
1500-15:30 Setting up an image network – Caspar Gibbon
15:30-16:00 Tea
16:00-17:00 Eye Tracking and eye movement disorders – Prof Chris Harris ( Plymouth)
18:00-20:00 Evening Dinner at High Bullen Hotel

Lectures & Presentations

1. Our experience with Ophthalmology PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System)
Mr Casper Gibbon, Barnstaple
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2. Development of a Corneal Scrape Visual Standard Operating Procedure
Dr James Yeo, GPST1; Dr Tom Lewis, Consultant Microbiologist

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3. Ranibizumab for treating choroidal neovascularisation associated with pathological myopia
Dr.Muhammad Hamza - North Devon District NHS Hospital

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4. Photochemical corneal collagen cross-linkage using riboflavin and ultraviolet A for keratoconus and keratectasia

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AGM Meeting 14th November 2014

The following are the minutes of the committee meeting held at the Clifton Pavilion, Bristol on Friday 14th November


  1. Review of minutes of last meeting and matters arising
  2. Current council members and regional contacts
  3. Membership of society and fees
  4. Financial report
  5. Subscriptions
  6. Dates for next meetings
  7. Research prizes
  8. AOB


  1. In attendance: John Roberts-Harry – president, Kate Claridge – secretary, Jon Luck – Treasurer, Dan Byles, Roger Gray, Rani Sebastian, Richard Lee – (in place of James Morgan), Michael Greaney- ex secretary, Liz French – taking minutes.
  2. Apologies: James Morgan, Tim Freeguard
  3. Draft Minutes from 15.11.13: corrections:
    Correction on attendance –apologies received from Tina Duke, Roger Gray and Jon Luck all of whom were not in attendance.
    Tim Freeguard is at Plymouth not Portsmouth
    Details of prize winners for Nov 2013 to be sought from James Morgan
  4. Matters arising from draft minutes  15.11.13
  5. New Website. New website is now launched and thought to be worth the cost. Wesite will display committee members, financial report, prizes, archives from meetings and details of future meetings. Website address is:  www.swos.org.uk
    There were not many submissions for papers this year – in future years plan to e mail hospital contacts and college tutors to alert trainees to prize competition Rani has had e-mail submissions from Bristol trainees
  6. Committee members and roles:
    President (from today)  Jonathan Luck    Bath
    Ex-president  John Roberts-Harry Carmarthen
    Secretary  Kate Claridge  Truro
    Treasurer (from today) Dan Byles  Exeter
       James Morgan  Cardiff
       Roger Gray  Taunton
       Tina Duke  Newport
       Tim Freeguard  Plymouth
       Rani Sebastian  Bristol
    KC to ask Rob Hill or another from Swansea if will stand on committee and ask Andy McNaught who might represent Cheltenham

    Hospital SWOS contacts in addition to above:
    Karl Whittaker  Barnstable
    Jay Menon  Glamorgan
    Tamsin Sleep  Torbay
    Dylan Jones  Carmarthen
    James Morgan  Cardiff
  7. Membership
    Jon has details of new members but plan to do a group welcome rather than welcome separately.
    Any ophthalmology consultant or SAS grade (retired/NHS/independent) can become member but applying through website. It was decided to abandon a proposer and seconder.

    Members from nearby units outside region also very welcome eg Dorchester.

    This year some local allied health professionals attended, perhaps as Bristol was hosting. Disadvantage of this is the costs for meeting will rise but are not supported by subscriptions. Also 140 people attended for venue for 120. It was decided that a practical way forward would be for AHPs not to be invited routinely but local units could encourage AHPs to attend as appropriate.
  8. Financial Report
    See report attached to follow

    SWOS has a financial growth in the fund and with sponsorship has sufficient to support prizes.

    Subscriptions will stay at £16pa

    Mr Greaney suggested that a cheque book is bought to AGM in future for issuing prize monies
  9. Prizes – discussed with Richard Lee and committee

    It was felt unlikely that any of the material presented, which had not already been published or presented at an international meeting, would be selected for an oral presentation at ARVO. Hence the £1000 ARVO prize was not awarded

    Best Published Paper   £500
    Miranda Buckle - Prevalence and incidence of blindness and other degrees of visual impairment in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration in a well-defined region of the United Kingdom

    Best presentation

    1st £300
    Shokufeh Tavassoli (Bristol) - First signs of neovascular age-related macular degeneration requiring anti-VEGF treatment in second eyes under monthly surveillance after treatment in the first eye

    2nd £200
    Luke Anderson (Cardiff) - on the Development of Cardiff iCards.
  10. Future meetings
    12.6.14  Newport
    13.11.14  Cardiff to host meeting in Bristol
    2016:   June   Cheltenham
    November Exeter to host meeting in Bristol
  11. AOB
    John Roberts-Harry will acknowledge during his presidential address Andrew Elkington’s memorial service which is being held today.

    Carrie McEwan will be invited to Nov 2015 SWOS meeting at her suggestion - KC to do

12. Next meeting to coincide with AGM 13.11.4

You can download 14th November minutes here »