Minor surgery

Date06 March 2018
Duration1 day
Start Time08:30
End Time17:00
TypeClassroom based
AudienceGP, GP Trainee, First5



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Do you want to update your skills in minor surgery? This is an internationally renowned minor surgery course.  The course is designed to accommodate the needs of different levels of expertise, and welcomes applications from Specialist Nurses and Paramedics as well as GPs and Registrars.  It will be GP-led but will bring in expertise from outstanding General and Plastic surgeons.  They will be happy to give individual advice at all levels. Now includes the ingrown toenail!

From April 2009:  GPs undertaking minor surgery need to revalidate with their PCT.  This should include a study day.

Includes a free DVD on suture types and technique which is not available on general release

Feedback from previous courses: Average score 4.6.  “My hand position has changed as a result of the course.  Use of vertical/horizontal/5 point sutures.”  “I will start removing lipomas and sebaceous cysts again.”  “Excellent meeting, thank you.  It has increased my confidence.”

Wessex GP Educational Trust subsidy

The Wessex GP Educational Trust will pay £80 towards the cost of the course, and WGPET members should enter discount code MIN0318 at the checkout.  You will need to provide your membership number on the Registration page; if you don't provide it we will contact you to take payment of £80.

You must be a current member on the day of the course.  In the event of non-attendance at the course, we reserve the right to invoice any discounts claimed, this is in addition to the RCGP Terms and Conditions which should be read before booking on to a course.

VenueDoubletree by Hilton Southampton, Braken Place, Chilworth , Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 3NG
Maximum capacity25
Phone020 3188 7710
ContactWessex Faculty
Faculty/DepartmentWessex Faculty

Course programme

08:45 - Registration

09:15 - Responsibilities and Informed consent

09:45 - Introduction to surgical materials, basic surgical technique, what not to touch

10:15 - Health Authority Regulations and Medico-legal duties

10:45 - Removal of Subcutaneous Lesions, Dirty Wounds, Local anaesthetic

11:15 - Refreshment break

11:45 - Live demonstrations of suture techniques

12:30 - The Ingrowing Toenail – including practical work

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Practical Group Work

  • Excisions and basic suturing technique
  • Advanced / difficult closure

15:15 - Refreshment break

15:30 - Practical Group Work continued

16:30 - Close

Whilst we endeavour to present the programme as advertised, we reserve the right to amend timings and content.


  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-fi
  • Hearing Loop


Dr Mark Swindells

Dr Andy Drake


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