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IITOS National Orthopaedic Literary Award  (NOLA)

 25th August 2019

Notices are being set out today for budding med students to participate in the creative writing challenge which will be judged by Roddy Doyle

Last year's winner was Laura Byrne. Read Laura's story entitled, 'Tea Time' here 


Irish Knee Surgeon Collaborative -  Seeking Expressions of Interest   

 15th July 2019 

There is a considerable volume of knee surgery being performed on the island of Ireland with expertise that should be harnessed.  We encourage consultant surgeons with interests in joint preservation and or joint reconstruction to consider our proposal. We suggest a round table discussion on the periphery of the Irish Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting in 2020 with a view to parallel sessions in the future. The aims of an Irish Knee Society would be to share knowledge, educate trainees and allied health professionals, set local standards, conduct collaborative research and propose a national knee ligament registry.  Contact Fiachra Rowan and Fintan Shannon

The Train the Orthopaedic Trainer course took place on the 8th and 9th of June in the Killenard Hotel, Portlaoise with Ms Lisa Hadfield-Law.  To date, 32 trainers and senior trainees have attended this course.



The SAC re-inspection visit took place on the 23rd and 24th of May.  Hospitals visited were:  Cork, St James's, Crumlin and Sligo.

Sligo Has Been Approved Two Specialist Registrars


Subsequent to the SAC Visit to Sligo University Hospital on 24th May 2019, we are delighted to confirm that we have been approved to accommodate two specialist registrars in Trauma & Orthopaedics. This is the first time in more than ten years that Sligo University Hospital has been afforded the privilege and responsibility of training specialist registrars. We are now looking forward to welcoming Patrick McCabe and Eilis Fitzgerald in July. Having met with both Patrick and Eilis recently, we feel certain that they will benefit greatly from their attachment in Sligo, both professionally and personally. We feel that we as a training group offer a diverse and somewhat unique training experience, in both Trauma and Orthopaedics. Much of this unique Trauma experience is as a direct result of the social and leisure activities that Sligo boasts, and the complex injuries that occasionally result from those activities. We feel certain that Patrick and Eilis will enjoy their time in Sligo, and will leave after 12 months having made significant advances in their professional and personal development. We, as a training group, also look forward to learning from Patrick and Eilis. The experience of working with enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainees will help us to develop, and to improve the Sligo experience for all subsequent trainees rotating through our unit.


We hope that this can be a productive relationship between trainers and trainees, and look forward to the challenge of developing and improving the Sligo experience for many years to come.

Barry O’Neill
On Behalf of T&O Consultants, SUH

Guest of honour at AO Foundation - International Trustees Meeting

Prof John P Mcelwain addressing the recent AO foundation in Carton House, attended by delegates from all over the world . He was their guest of honour. President Bob McGuire in the background complimented him on his contribution to AO nationally and internationally and for his contribution to trauma in Ireland especially pelvic and acetabular injuries

Atlantic Orthopaedic Meeting 2018  L-R  Brendan Healy (retired), Barry O'Neill, Bill Gaine, Andrew Macey (retired), John Kelly