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European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery goes under the knife at Church House

Experienced surgeons and medical residents from all around the world gathered at Church House Conference for a two day training programme (June 24-25) organised by The European Association Centre for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACT).

The Westminster venue played host to the association’s latest course which focused on the subject of minimally invasive surgery, aortic valve replacement and rapid deployment valves. During the two days, cardiac surgeons honed their skills through interactive lectures, panel discussions and case studies, and watched surgical cases streamed live from St Thomas’s Hospital, which gave delegates the opportunity to see an aortic valve replacement from start to finish including preparation, anaesthesia and how to set up the operation for valve implantation. The event also enabled delegates to put their training into practice during a web lab, staged in one of the venue’s room.

Sharon Pidgeon, EACTS’ Event Director and Executive Secretariat, said: “Choosing to host the training at Church House Conference Centre was logical for us. The layout of Church House‘s Assembly Hall was perfect for this event as it allowed a great interaction between speakers and delegates. The venue is also very close to St Thomas Hospital, where the surgery was actually taking place, and being in the centre of Westminster is definitely a great added bonus for international delegates.”

Robin Parker, General Manager at Church House Conference Centre comments: “The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery event is possibly one of the most unusual we have had at Church House. It is a demonstration of our commitment to quality and high standards that they felt our venue provided them with all the facilities and technical support they needed to hold their event. The two day programme was a great success and we are delighted to have been a part of such a ground-breaking event.”

Situated in the heart of Westminster, Church House Conference Centre is one of London’s most versatile event venues. Its 19 flexible event spaces, which accommodate between 2 and 664 guests, have the capacity to host a wide variety of events including meetings, conferences, awards ceremonies, gala dinners and receptions. For more information call 020 7390 1590 or visit

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