Canniesburn Regional Plastic and Maxillofacial surgery unit, now housed in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, was opened in September 1967, with JS Tough as the director, and Tom Gibson, JC Mustarde, Ian McGregor, WH Reid and Ian Jackson as consultant surgeons.
On the weekend of 22nd till 24th September 2017 a meeting was held in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the unit and celebrate the work that has been carried out in the Unit since it began. People came from all over the globe, from the Far East, Australasia, Africa, North America and Europe to take part, give scientific papers and to meet old friends. On the Saturday evening, after a day full of presentations, there was a dinner and a Ceilidh (a Scottish party!) held in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow where people celebrated into the early morning!
The weekend was enjoyable and instructive and we were delighted to have in attendance a number of ReSurge Directors, Professor Arthur Morris, Mr. Odhran Shelley, Mr. Martyn Webster, Miss Margaret Strick, and Mr. Stuart Watson and from Ghana, Mr. Opoku Ware Ampomah, the Director of the Plastic Surgery Centre at Korle-Bu teaching hospital in Accra, Ghana. This Centre was the dream of Jack Mustarde, founder of ReSurge Africa, and is now the training Hub of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in West Africa. Also amongst the illustrious participants we were lucky enough to have some of ReSurge Africa’s own trainees. Two Sierra Leonean Doctors currently training at Korle-Bu, Ghana, Dr Eric Wongo, Dr Abdulai Jalloh who are in the UK for a flap and microsurgery course plus an observership at Canniesburn, and from Ghana, Dr Emmanuel K Davies, on a year-long training post. Dr Davies wrote:
‘We write to express our profound gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the Canniesburn 50th anniversary academic and social events. They were worthwhile, inspirational and insightful’
Much thanks must be given to Andy Malyon who organized this successful celebration and in particular to Dorothy Stobie, the highly efficient Secretary of the Unit, who helped in a myriad of ways, and of course thank you to all who took part.
During the weekend the ReSurge fundraising team made an appeal for funds to train a further Sierra Leonean Reconstructive surgeon. We are calling this the ‘Canniesburn Scholarship’. We are hoping for a pledge of fifty direct debits of £20 per month for 6 years. This will fully train a reconstructive surgeon and two theatre nurses as a concrete way to mark the long-standing relationship between Canniesburn and ReSurge Africa. We ask you all to consider supporting this appeal by downloading and signing a direct debit form (Download direct debit form here)
Or donating through PayPal (set up direct debit via Pay Pal)
In this way, a budget can be prepared and beneficiaries identified. If you wish to discuss this appeal and other ways that you think that you can support it then please contact ReSurge Africa charity manager, Elizabeth Dell through the website.