Past Presidents - Dr Christine Bell
As a consultant working outside the Mersey Region, I am very honoured to have been elected to be President of the Liverpool Society of Anaesthetists for two years from October 2010. I am very conscious that previous Presidents have included many famous and respected anaesthetists and that the Society has a long and prestigious history.
I started at Liverpool Medical School the same year that Professor Cecil Gray became Dean – perhaps that was a subliminal influence on my career! As an undergraduate, we each spent a month doing Anaesthetics; I was at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary and the (old) Women’s Hospital in Catherine Street. Those who taught me impressed me as being friendly, helpful and practical, and the subject seemed fascinating, involved as it is with almost every other speciality.
I was appointed as an SHO in Broadgreen which included one day per week in the University Department on the Liverpool Course. This, together with serious study, was the secret to getting through the FFARCS!
I rotated through many of the Liverpool Hospitals, and after I had passed the Final exam, discovered the LSA. I was encouraged to enter the Registrars’ Prize competition and mentored by Bob Wilkes, managed to win!
At the LSA, I became better acquainted with many of my senior colleagues and they were a great support and inspiration as I progressed through my training. In my last couple of years as a senior registrar, I was fortunate enough to work in the University Department with Prof. John Utting, Prof. Ron Jones and (now Prof) Jennie Hunter studying neuromuscular blocking agents.
Since 1984 I have been a Consultant at Glan Clwyd Hospital, where I am lead anaesthetist for obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia. I have kept in touch through attending LSA meetings, having always been made to feel very welcome. I have been on the committee, in various guises, for many of the intervening years. The contacts I have made in the Society mean I can always find a reliable source of advice when a clinical challenge occurs.