British & Irish Association of Robotic Gynaecological Surgeons - BIARGS

About Guildford & Surrey

Guildford town centre

Made famous by the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the modest County Town of Surrey, nestling on the banks of the River Wey actually lies 27 miles southwest of London with a population of approximately 150,000. Guildford has its origin in Saxon times. Rich in history and connected via the Wey Navigation to the canal system and the River Thames, it was a historic staging post on the way to the naval base of Portsmouth and home to the Royal Mint in the past. Guildford has a fine Norman castle and many historic buildings including the Royal Grammar School, whose many famous Alumni include Bob Willis the cricketer, Terry Jones the Python and Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners fame - and many doctors’ sons. The 20th century Anglican Cathedral was the setting for the Omen in the 1970s, and the University of Surrey was the setting for the first Led Zeppelin gig in 1968, while local scholars Genesis attended Charterhouse and The ‘Guildford’ Stranglers dropped their home town’s name from their act name early on.


The Royal Surrey County Hospital

Royal SUrrey County Hospital

The Royal Surrey County Hospital is situated adjacent to the University of Surrey. The hospital has a fine surgical reputation, particularly in laparoscopic surgery. The original MATTU was opened in 1995 by Professors Chris Sutton and Michael Bailey and the current building unveiled in 2005. Gynae-oncology was introduced in 2002 and the workload of the Gynae-oncology Centre at St. Luke’s has increased year-on-year ever since. It is the largest cancer centre in Kent Surrey & Sussex and is recognised as an Epicentre for robotic training in Gynaecology by Intuitive Surgical. The Royal Surrey is the busiest robotic Gynae surgical department in the UK and Eire and has performed over a thousand cases with prospective data collection. The hospital currently has two Da Vinci Si systems equipped with Firefly fluorescence scopes.


The University of Surrey

University of SurreyThe University received its charter in 1966 and specializes in science, business, biomedical sciences and engineering, including satellites and robotics.
Ranked 5th in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 10th in the Guardian University Guide 2018, 10th in the Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2017 among many other accolades, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of top ranking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and currently has over 13,000 students. The University of Surrey is also regarded as one of the UK’s leading research universities with a global reputation for academic excellence.

The Veterinary School (Venue)

The vet school in GuildfordThe new Veterinary School may have been made famous by the ‘TV Supervet’, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, but he is just one of the many academic veterinary surgeons and pathologists who have developed this exceptional new science facility within the University. The Main Veterinary School Building was opened in 2016, by HRH The Queen, and is the site for the main BIARGS 2018 conference. The Veterinary Pathology Centre is a further new state of the art facility offering clinical pathology including histopathology for small and large animals, digital pathology, training for vets and pathologists, and ongoing research.