The HMSA team are relieved that you all enjoyed the weekend and thank you for the tips to make it run more smoothly next time. It does look like we will be booking there for the next residential in 2012.
We are aware the menu was an issue and we will discuss this with Hothorpe and we will arrange coffee to be served to people in the conference room.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Hothorpe who bent over backwards to accomodate our needs which were incredibly varied! They pulled extra staff in to assist with meals (which the staff were unsure whether to offer their services or to wait to be asked!), arranged staff to change beds etc. I have never met such a venue where they were genuinely concerned that we had a good time.
I think the reason it worked so well this time is that everyone got involved. You all organised your own stalls, raffle etc which freed up the staff to do other things.
I would also like to thank ALL the medical advisors who gave up their weekends to attend and stay for questions. I know that this was a busy time for them all at work etc and we really appreciate it. There was a lot more positive progress made within the HMS / HCTDs fields which can only be positive for us in the long run. I know we had new speakers, Dr Helen Cohen where there is clearly hope through the rehab service she is offering and then research which Prof Aziz
is currently involved in may have huge implications for those of us who suffer with gastrointestinal involvement.
I apologise profusely for having to ask Dr Brad Tinkle to wrap up both his talks as they were a little long!
But wasnt he a star staying all weekend and giving us bonus talks and books for free?!!! So thank you to Brad as well.
And lastly a huge thank you to all of you who made the weekend worthwhile. It was lovely to be in a bendy environment where everybody felt comfortable and relaxed with each other. To that extent I think all of us being in the lounge or in the Blue Room was a huge benefit.
we are already discussing the next Residential Weekend and priming medical advisors ready to attend...honestly check with Prof Aziz! I was practically booking him in at the lunch table!
We have taken lots of pics so expect to see some in the newsletter and will be in the events page at some stage, minus the ones we took for bendy pics!
We are also now pulling together the Big Bash in Plymouth. We are hoping to have a lady orthotist who studied EDS when training, continence team, pain nurse and there could be a few other big surprises from all lovely advisors. The Big Bash will be over the last bank holiday in May next year. Tickets will go on sale after Christmas, as last time, the tickets will cover the event and meals but accomodation/drinks will need to be paid for. This is a hige opportunity to socialise together as well as pick up some more info and advice. We will have all the normal products on sale or info to hand. If possible I would like to schedule in a group leaders meeting over the same time.
If you think you may be interested or have some ideas, please do post on the Big Bash thread which I have copied some of the info to.
Please do keep the comments on the residential coming, I will be emailing everyone and asking for their personal comments next week..... Anyway I wanted to thank you all because it wasnt just the staff that made it so good it was you lot too!