Endocrine Nurse Update Event 2017 - Our Volunteer's Feedback

Our Volunteer, Steve, attended this event for us to run our information stand. Here's how he thought the event went and what it was like from his perspective....

20th - 21st March 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC.

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As usual, the event was well attended and our table attracted a lot of visitors. Most of the visitors were aware of The Foundation and were keen to check on any new publications. I also met a few nurses who were new to endocrinology and I supplied as much information about us as possible. Alison (The Foundation's Endocrine Nurse) joined me a few times during the breaks and helped deal with delegates as well – it was also nice to have some company!

The freebies disappeared quickly and, despite my best efforts, at least three of the patient booklets were liberated.

Nurses were interested in the DI for Teenagers booklet and one asked if we are planning a Prolactinoma for Teenagers booklet – I said I would pass this on to NSO.

Pfizer were displaying shells (covers) for Genotropin MiniQuick syringes – these are especially useful for children because it hides the syringe.

Pfizer were also displaying Somavert/Pegvisomant because NHS England have agreed to continue funding it. The item which caught my attention was the injection pack which is supplied to patients. This consists of a glass vial containing powdered Pegvisomant and a pre-filled syringe of sterile water. This looked exactly the same as the emergency hydrocortisone injection kit, with the exception that the syringe is pre-filled with sterile water.

The syringe was a Terumo Surguard – if Pfizer can supply this syringe pre-filled with sterile water, then why can’t it be done for emergency HC injections?

I was chatting to a lady from The British Thyroid Foundation and she mentioned that they had held webinars with GPs and found the exercise very useful. Not having heard the term before, I now know that:

“A webinar is short for web-based seminar. Conducted via the internet, it is usually a live meeting, presentation, or workshop between participants in separate locations. Users can interact with each other by sharing slides, documents and audio in real time.”

The Pituitary Foundation are now running their own webinars, keep an eye on their Facebook page and website for upcoming sessions.

I managed to sign-up twelve people to the Endo Professionals’ e-bulletin. Great to see this list growing.

This year’s event was certainly hectic and I had many visitors to the table. As usual, I was totally exhausted after three days of getting up early, travelling to the venue and manning the table.

I also started to lose my voice (again) by the afternoon of the second day – so much talking! Although I find the event very tiring and it normally takes me a couple of days to recover afterwards, I thoroughly enjoy being there meeting people and helping to spread information about The Foundation.

It is also a good opportunity to view the literature of other endocrine charities and catch up with the volunteers who are manning the stands – many of whom I know well. I didn’t attend any of the nurse workshops this year but I did get invited to Pfizer’s extra workshop on acromegaly and Pegvisomant, which was most informative.

Manning a table for The Foundation at events can be tiring but I enjoy it and it is part of how I help to support our wonderful charity. Same place, same time, next year!


Steve Harris