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On 26th October 2013 the SPVU hosted a Patient Day/ Conference at the Beardmore Hotel in Clydebank.
During the Formal Program in the morning Professor Peacock talked about the evolution of the Service and expectations for future treatment development.
Willie MgGhee from Scottish Home Oxygen Service explained what is available to Scottish patients in the way of supplementary oxygen both in the home and out and about. He and his colleague were on hand to answer queries and to help patients refill ?Homefill? oxygen and liquid oxygen cylinders to prolong the supplies they had brought along. Oxygen concentrators were provided for use during the conference. 
Dr John Sharpe gave a talk about the psychological impact of having a long term illness, provoking thought and discussion amongst staff and conference delegates alike.
An ?expert panel? of Pharmacist (Allan Smith), Consultant (Dr Johnson) and Specialist Nurse (Agnes Crozier) assembled to take queries from the audience. 
The afternoon was less formal with opportunities to speak to representatives from the PHA at their stall and to view the poster tips of a senior Golden Jubilee physiotherapist (Shelagh Brown) about exercise with PH, and to chat with her about individual needs.
The teenaged daughter of one of our patients gave a very moving presentation of how her family had coped with her mum?s illness. A member of the audience explained afterwards that it was helpful to see their own experience reflected in her talk. One of the nurses (Val Pollock) talked further about the perspective of relatives of PH patients.
Holistic therapists were on hand to provide private therapy sessions of massage and Reiki to as many delegates as possible.
Our thanks go to the Organiser (David Welsh) and to the hotel for superb catering and hotel facilities. We would also like to thank the various sponsors, and especially the PHA for their assistance, and the Speakers. Thanks also to the conference delegates who made it a special day, for contributing your time and attention, and your most valuable friendship to one another on the day. We hope our delegates found it educational and emotionally affirming.
We aim to invite all patients actively attending our centre when we hold events like these. If you are interested in attending our next patient day please check the website for details, or mention it to one of the SPVU team when you visit clinic.

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