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MAY 2016
8th Capsule Endoscopy Study Day

8th Capsule Endoscopy Study Day

Synmed held another successful Capsule Endoscopy Study Day at The Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London on Friday 6th May 2016, we would like to extend our thanks to our returning faculty, Dr Richard Makins, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust supported by Mr Dean-Martin Borrow, Health Care Assistant, London - Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Very positive feedback was received from the delegates, comments including; ‘all helpful and useful.’ , ‘Great team- very clear discussion of relevant topics’ and ‘Very well organised training session’

The course was also certified by the CPD Certification Service for 6 CPD hours, as conforming to Continuing Professional Development guidelines.

Next dates are already released, click here to sign up for our next Capsule Endoscopy study day on Friday October 7th 2016.

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Click here for details of our Capsule Endoscopy Study Days 2016 dates


2nd UK training days for Ovesco Full Thickness Resection Device (FTRD)

Second UK training days for Ovesco Full Thickness Resection Device (FTRD)

Further to success of the first UK training courses for the Ovesco Full Thickness Resection Device (FTRD) last October, SynMed, in conjunction with Karl Stortz Endoscopy and ERBE UK were pleased to be able to once again offer a one day training programme to the UK on both Thursday April 28th and Friday April 29th 2016 enabling new centres to offer this ‘alternative to surgery’ method for the removal of non lifting adenomas, NETS etc.

We would like to thank our excellent faculty from Ovesco, headed by Professor Thomas Gottwald with valuable contributions on the UK experience and patients treated to date together with news on the new UK Registry from Dr Praful Patel and Dr Phil Boger, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Imdi Rahman Royal Stoke University Hospital and Professor Sauid Ishaq, Russell’s Hall Hospital.

The training was certified by the CPD Certification Service for 5.5 CPD hours, as conforming to Continuing Professional Development guidelines and was very well received by all attendees with particular praise for the quality of ‘hands on’ training available and the impressive training facility at Karl Storz (UK) Ltd.


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New 2016 Autumn dates to be released soon.



2015

OCTOBER 2015

7th Capsule Endoscopy Study Day

7th Capsule Endoscopy Study Day

Synmed held the 7th Capsule Endoscopy Study Day at The Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London on Friday 2nd October 2015, we would like to extend our thanks to our returning faculty, Dr Richard Makins, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mr Dean-Martin Borrow, Health Care Assistant, London - Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Positive feedback was received from the delegates, some of the comments being; ‘very helpful update, valuable to practice.’ , ‘both speakers were excellent’ and ‘Excellent course’

The course was also certified by the CPD Certification Service, as conforming to Continuing Professional Development guidelines.

* Click here for more photos

Click here for details of our Capsule Endoscopy Study Days 2016 dates

First UK training days for Ovesco Full Thickness Resection Device (FTRD)

First UK training days for Ovesco Full Thickness Resection Device (FTRD)

Further to success of the initial training courses for the Ovesco Full Thickness Resection Device (FTRD) in Germany, SynMed, in conjunction with Karl Stortz Endoscopy and ERBE UK were pleased to be able to offer this one day training programme to the UK on both Thursday October 8th and Friday October 9th 2015 enabling new centres to offer this ‘alternative to surgery’ method for the removal of non lifting adenomas, NETS etc.

We would like to thank our faculty from Ovesco, headed by Professor Thomas Gottwald together with valuable contributions on the UK experience and patients treated to date from Dr Phil Boger and Dr Imdi Rahman, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and Professor Sauid Ishaq, Russells Hall Hospital.

The Course was very well received with particular praise for the level of ‘hands on’ training available and the excellent training facility at Karl Storz (UK) Ltd.

New 2016 dates to be released soon.


AUGUST 2015

SynMed Introduces the AspireAssist a New Approach to Weight Loss

SynMed Introduces the AspireAssist  a New Approach to Weight Loss

SynMed is excited to announce the launch of the AspireAssist, a new weight loss solution for people with obesity. Unlike many other weight loss procedures, it’s minimally-invasive and reversible. Using the AspireAssist Patients can eat and drink normal amounts and types of food whilst learning healthier behaviours over time with lifestyle counselling, no sudden diet changes are required to achieve weight loss. The AspireAssist works by reducing the calories absorbed by the body.

Placing the device is a simple 15 minute Endoscopic  procedure that doesn’t require a general anaesthesia and patients can often return home within one to two hours.

In a U.S. Clinical Trial, patients lost an average of 46 pounds (21 kg) during the first year with the AspireAssist.

Click here for more information on the trial.

Synmed are currently looking for Gastroenterologists or Weight Loss surgeons who may be interested in offering this service to their patients and participate in a registry.



JULY 2015

Doctors in Southampton are the first in the UK to use a pioneering “bear claw” device

Doctors in Southampton are the first in the UK to use a pioneering “bear claw” device

Doctors in Southampton are the first in the UK to use a pioneering “bear claw” device that removes the need for invasive surgery in patients with precancerous bowel tumours.

The procedure, performed by Dr Philip Boger, a consultant in gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy at Southampton General Hospital, involves placing a cap over flexible thin tube – colonoscope – and attaching a novel clip to the tip.

Click links for more info:

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on Tuesday, May 12, 2015


FEBRUARY 2015

3rd National Capsule Endoscopy Symposium Synmed announces the 3rd National Capsule Endoscopy Symposium.

We are delighted to bring to your attention the 3rd National Capsule Endoscopy Symposium, following the success of the first and second national capsule endoscopy symposia in 2010 and 2012, this 3rd symposium is to be held on Friday 1st May at The Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital.

There will be a varied programme of presentations covering multiple aspects of capsule endoscopy practice delivered by national and international key opinion leaders.

Download flyer here

To register your interest in attending and for any further information, please email Dr Richard Makins with your name, hospital and job title:

Email: Richard.Makins@glos.nhs.uk


2014

OCTOBER 2014
Synmed introduce the Ovesco FTRD (Full-thickness Resection Device) System

Synmed introduce the Ovesco FTRD (Full-thickness Resection Device) System as the first interventional device for combined full-thickness resection of colonic lesions with closure and cutting of tissue in one integrated procedure. The new device is an instrument system for endoscopic Full-Thickness Resection (eFTR) and diagnostic tissue acquisition through removal of suitable lesions in the colorectum.
The FTRD® System Set is a novel tool for diagnostic and therapeutic full-thickness resection via the flexible endoscope in the colon and rectum. The technology is based on the well-established OTSC® System, enabling the endoscopist to resect all layers of suitable lesions including serosa. The design of the FTRD® System ensures that the transaction of the tissue happens only after the defect has been closed completely. At no time will the abdominal cavity and bowel lumen be in contact.

Click here for full product details

APRIL 2014
4th Capsule Endoscopy Study Day

SynMed held another highly successful Capsule Endoscopy Study Day at The Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London on Friday 28th March 2014 and we wish to thank the faculty Dr Richard Makins, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mr Dean-Martin Borrow, Health Care Assistant, London - Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Feedback from delegates was universally positive, ‘Comprehensive’, ‘well presented’, ‘good case mixandexcellent day’ were just some of the comments received.

The Seminar was also certified by the CPD Certification Service, as conforming to Continuing Professional guidelines.

Click here for details and dates of future training opportunities.



MARCH 2014
Stuart Blyth, Synmed, meets Dr Michael Mosley as he uses the MIROCAM endoscopy capsule to film tapeworms he has deliberately infected himself with as part of BBC Four’s Natural History Season - ‘Infested! Living with Parasites’.

Using an iPad ‘Real Time Viewer’ he clearly sees live images of the tapeworm in his intestine (also available for use with iphone and ipod).

For a clip from the BBC episode click here:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01s6s1x

For more information on Mirocam Capsule Endoscopy click here
Almost every animal on Earth has its own parasites – and humans are no exception. In this episode Michael infects himself with the infamous tapeworm by swallowing live cysts sourced from infected meat in Kenya.

Tapeworms have evolved over millions of years to the particular environment of the human gut. Several weeks later, back in London, by swallowing a tiny camera - the Mirocam - the tapeworms’ stomach churning growth inside Michael’s body can be seen close up and the Mirocam Capsule Endoscopy system is used to identify three worms - "triplets" - attached to the lining of his intestine, about a metre in length.


FEBRUARY 2014
Synmed’s Mirocam Capsule Endoscopy system features in 'Michael Mosley: Infested!

Living with parasites' and will be broadcast in BBC Four's natural history season, starting in February.

Dr Michael Mosley

In an upcoming BBC Series, TV presenter has infected himself with a number of parasites in an effort to understand how they affect the human body. In this latest film, he swallows three tapeworm cysts (larvae) which he obtained from infected cattle in Kenya.

Several weeks later, back in London, the Mirocam Capsule Endoscopy system is used to identify three worms - "triplets" - attached to the lining of his intestine, about a metre in length.

Follow this link to watch Dr Mosley using MiroCam’s Real Time Viewer
to see clear images of the tapeworm living inside him for the first time;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25968755

'Michael Mosley: Infested! Living with parasites' will be broadcast in BBC Four's natural history season, starting in February.



JANUARY 2014
SynMed Limited signs an agreement on the distribution of Ovesco's OTSC products in the UK from April 2, 2014.

The OTSC (Over-The-Scope Clip) Closure System represents a new class of endoscopic clips providing significantly more strength and better tissue capture compared to conventional clips delivered through the working channel of the flexible endoscope. It is a useful tool for the management of complications after endoscopic or surgical interventions and acute bleeding as it achieves full thickness wall closure with larger volume of tissue secured whilst offering higher stability at the lesion site and minimal strain on surrounding tissue. The exceptional features and therapeutic functions of the system are based on its unique material and design: the superelastic Nitinol is biocompatible and, if needed, even suited to be applied as a long term implant.

The use of the OTSC System is intuitive and easy, very similar to other devices based on the application cap principle and is compatible with all commercially available endoscopes. A range of sizes and types are available. In addition, for precise and easy closure of even larger lesions several application aids are available: the OTSC Anchor and the OTSC Twin Grasper assist you in approximating tissue in treating perforations, fistulae etc. All OTSC products are disposable and designed for single patient use.

The Ovesco OTSC clip application is also available for proctology offering a rapid, minimally invasive, surgical procedure for the closure of anorectal fistulae and anastomotic leaks. The delivery is by an ergonomic one-hand operated instrument and offers the proctologist the same unique advantages as the Endoscopic clip system with no delayed relaxation or rupture of sutures.

SynMed Limited is looking forward to a mutually successful and prosperous cooperation with Ovesco Endoscopy.


2013

NOVEMBER 2013
SynMed hold Capsule Endoscopy Study Day - Friday, 22nd November 2013

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OCTOBER 2013
SynMed hold Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - 6th - 8th November 2013

Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013


APRIL 2013
SynMed introduce Mcompass by MedSpira



MARCH 2013
SynMed hold Capsule Endoscopy Study Day - 15th March 2013

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2012

OCTOBER 2012
SynMed hold Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - 2nd - 5th October 2012

Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013


JULY 2012
SynMed's Capsule Endsocopy system and TNE scope feature on BBC4's "Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach" SynMed's Capsule Endsocopy system and TNE scope feature on BBC4's "Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00vqgs1



MAY 2012
SynMed hold Capsule Endoscopy Study Day - Monday, 1st October 2012

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MARCH 2012
SynMed hold Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - 28th February - 1st March 2012

Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - October 2012
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - October 2012
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - October 2012
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - October 2012
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - October 2012

Impedance/pH Reflux Testing & High Resolution Impedance Manometry

SynMed wish to thank Jean Osbourn, RN (Sandhill Scientific) and the Delegates of the Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminar, which was held at The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London, on 28th February - 1st March 2012.  The Seminar was a great success and well attended by Clinicians throughout the U.K. and from Europe.

The Seminar was also certified by the CPD Certification Service, as conforming to Continuing Professional guidelines (Certificate No. 1272E1).

Due to the success of this event, further dates have been identified for the next training events.


2011

OCTOBER 2011

PRIZE DRAW - SCHOLARSHIP TO DENVER
WINNER - SISTER LUCY PARK
(GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL)   

Group Photo - Denver Scholarship 2011
G.O.S.H. girls
Winner with Mr Geoff Blyth

Impedance/pH Reflux Testing Seminar
Thistle Westminster Hotel, London, England
20-21 October 2011

SynMed wish to thank the Faculty and Delegates of the Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminar, which was held at the Thistle Westminster Hotel, London, on 20-21 October 2011.  The Seminar was a great success and well attended by Clinicians throughout the U.K. and from Europe.

The objectives of the Seminar were to expand the attendee's understanding of the normal and abnormal diagnostic test. Reading and interpretation strategies utilizing lecture and review of actual tracings. Acid (pH) and impedance/pH procedures were discussed to develop an understanding of the clinical manifestations of the abnormalities of the oesophagus.

The case study process session aimed to help the attendee gain a better understanding of the care of the patient presenting with reflux type symptoms. Multiple case study examples were presented and discussed.

Faculty:
Jean Osborn, RN    (Director of Clinical Education & Training, Sandhill Scientific)
Dr. Inder Mainie (Consultant Physician, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast)
Dr. Anthony Hobson  (Facility Director, Neurogastroenterology Diagnostic Centre – The Princess Grace Hospital, Managing Director at Alimentary Innervations Ltd., Honorary Clinical Scientist Gastrointestinal Physiology Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.)


Sandhill Scientific Inc./Synmed Ltd. - Scholarship to Denver, USA

The Seminar culminated in a prize draw, offering a Scholarship to the Sandhill University in Denver, Colorado (U.S.A.), to partake in a 4 day Oesophageal Training Course, with 5 night’s accommodation and flight included. 

The delighted winner was Sister Lucy Park of Great Ormond Street Hospital, who is pictured above (left) with her Colleagues from Great Ormond Street Hospital and above (right) and below (right) receiving her prize:

Group Photo - Denver Scholarship 2011

From Left to Right:

Mr. Pardeep Rai      (European Sales Manager, Sandhill Scientific)

Jean Osborn, RN     (Director of Clinical Education & Training, Sandhill Scientific)

Dr. Inder Mainie       (Consultant Physician, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast)

Mr. Geoffrey Blyth   (Business Development Director, Synmed)

Ms. Lucy Park         (Sister, Great Ormond Street Hospital)


Sandhill University

If  you would like to benefit from the FREE 24 hour on-line Sandhill University (which includes training for oesophageal and anorectal manometry, as well as acid (pH) and impedance/pH reflux testing and a very systematic step-by-step approach from set-up through performing and analyzing the study) please click here  to take a test run through two of the on-line programs.

To register your interest in future training events, please email Eleni.Kyriacou@synmed.co.uk or contact us at 01992-782-570. 




OCTOBER 2011
SynMed hold Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - 20th - 21st October 2011

Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013
Sandhill Scientific Clinical Training Seminars - November 2013

2010

MAY 2010
BREAKING NEWS...

RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION APPROVED BY NICE
www.nice.org.uk/IPG244
The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) approves the use of Radio Frequency Ablation for Treatment of Barrett’s Oesophagus

Interventional Procedures (IPAC) Guidelines from NICE in the UK include Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for eradication of high grade dysplasia in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – June 1, 2010 – BÂRRX Medical Inc. announced today that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK has published new interventional procedures guidance approving the use radiofrequency ablation for the eradication of dysplastic Barrett’s oesophagus.

NICE has said that for Barrett’s oesophagus with high-grade dysplasia;There is evidence to say that this procedure is safe and works in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus with high-grade dysplasia provided their progress is checked in the long term. This procedure can be offered routinely as a treatment option for these patients provided that doctors are sure that:

• the patient understands what is involved and agrees to the treatment, and
• the results of the procedure are monitored.

This is a major step forward for patients being able to access treatment within the NHS and ask for a referral to a treating hospital.To date there have been over 50,000 procedures of radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s eradication performed around the world more than 200 of those within the UK.

Barrett’s oesophagus is a condition characterized by abnormal epithelium. In some patients, Barrett’s oesophagus may progress, through metaplasia and dysplasia to oesophageal adencarcinoma, cancer.

“The UK has one of the highest concentrations of Barrett’s oesophagus in the world. Until now, oesophagectomy has been the standard of care”, noted Dr. Laurence Lovat, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Gastroenterologist at the University College Medical School, London. The first to use RFA in the UK, Dr. Lovat added, “We think radiofrequency ablation will play an important role in the endoscopic management of our patients”.

Dr Paul Salmon, Trustee and former Chair of the Barrett’s Oesophagus Campaign, says, “Barrett’s represents one of the fastest growing and most deadly forms of cancer in the UK and is set to treble in the next decade. We are pleased to see NICE has identified radiofrequency ablation as an important tool in the fight.”


More info here: www.synmed.co.uk/products_HALO_radio_frequency_ablation.htm
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