Society of Anaesthetists of the South Western Region

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The Society of Anaesthetists of the South Western Region (SASWR) exists to bring together professionals in the region for education, professional development, and sharing of ideas. 

The Society holds two scientific meetings each year. It publishes a peer-reviewed journal: Anaesthesia Points West. Several bursaries and prizes are awarded each year. 

Membership is invited to all professionals. We particularly encourage participation from from junior members. 

About us

SASWR was formed in 1947 with a membership of 48 in response to a suggestion from the Ministry of Health that regional societies might help to spread knowledge and promote friendship among members.

The objectives of the Society are to promote the development of knowledge and the art of Anaesthesia in the South Western region by means of lectures, discussion, practical demonstrations and films and in doing so to encourage co-operation and friendships between the anaesthetists of the region.

Now with around 500 members, SASWR continues to fulfil those initial objectives, and its meetings remain a significant event on the calendar.

The officers of the society are elected for three yearly terms with the exception of the president, who serves for one year. Local organising committees are arranged to create the bi-annual scientific meetings.

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1/4/19: Welcome to the new SASWR website. This site is the hub for memberships and meeting registrations.  We have modernised our membership process, and all existing members are asked to re-register online here. Meeting registration is now open.


Department of Anaesthesia 

Location A 704

Bristol Royal Infirmary

Bristol BS2 8HW

tel: +44 (0)117 342 2301

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