Piglet: “How do you spell love?

Winnie the Pooh: “You don’t spell it… you feel it”

Such is the weight in my heart as I say goodbye to Surgo with my final editorial. As the ultimate edition from this year’s committee is birthed from our collective intellect, I have a chance to reflect upon what we have achieved this year and the pride I feel when looking back.

The Surgo brand has continued to expand online and in print, with many people kindly going out of their way to distribute hard copies of the magazine to hospitals throughout the West of Scotland.  Surgo Twitter and Strava are experiencing rejuvenation (look out for more next year) as the journalistic tentacles reach ever further afield.  I am delighted to thank all first time contributors that have unleashed their pen on a topic of their interest and bring to us writings from many walks of life.

This edition is tantalising to say the least! Rory Quinn continues Surgo’s Eponymous Series looking at our first female focus, Virginia Apgar, and Dr El Medany (Cardiology CTF in Ayr Hospital) unveils the bipolar world of the most famous musician of all time.  My successor, Jamie Henderson is keeping us all up to date with medical news including the pros and cons of Pokémon Go and the Case of the Missing Pen Lid.  Dr Jaspal Sandhu (Specialty Dr in Emergency Medicine in RAH) reports an interesting DKA case and how to look out for it as budding doctors.

And so, with a colloquial spring in my step, I bid farewell to Surgo and introduce the new committee.  It is a magazine striving to inform, include and excite it’s audience and any future generations of Surgoers  (Surgites?) will, I hope, do so with the same glee as I have done this year.  Be blithe, brazen and beautiful my Surgo.

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Jenna Woods

Editor in Chief


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Dr Ahmed El-Medany, Ayr’s Cardiology Teaching Fellow , gives us an insight into Mozart’s mental state.

DKA Case Report

By Jaspal Sandhu, Specialty Doctor in Emergency Medicine

Surgo's Eponymous Series - Virginia Apgar

Rory explores the achievements of the groundbreaking anaesthetist.



Medical News

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