South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix


Prospective Upper Limb Trainee-Led Regional Anaesthesia Review (Pro-ULtRA)


Advances in regional anaesthesia and NHS targets for 75% of surgery to be day case has led to an increase in the use of upper limb blocks for analgesia, therefore avoiding the complications of opiates and in some cases avoiding a general anaesthetic.


There are no current guidelines on patient consent or studies looking at information that patient’s value regarding regional techniques.


The aim of this study would be to enable SWARM to look into:

  1. Current consent practice across the South West
  2. Patient reception of the information
  3. Current practice regarding sedation/GA vs awake for regional techniques
  4. Patient attitudes towards future regional anaesthesia


This would then lay the groundwork for contributing towards developing standards for consent.


Data collection has completed with preliminary results presented at the SWARM AGM - click here to view.

A poster has also been accepted for presentation at the RA-UK Annual Meeting on 13th May in Hull.


Contribution to Pro-ULtRA by hopsital:

Contribution to Pro-ULtRA by Hospital:
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
33 patients
Derriford Hospital
24 patients
Torbay Hospital
19 patients
Royal Cornwall Hospital
14 patients
Musgrove Park Hospital
13 patients
North Devon District Hospital
9 patients
112 patients



RA-UK, May 2016, Dr Ben Hearne


SWARM AGM, 11th March 2016, Dr Ben Hearne (view presentation)
SASWR, 24th-25th November 2016, Dr Ben Hearne (view poster)


Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Dr Jeremy Preece
Torbay Hospital, Dr Ben Hearne

Regional Project Lead

Dr Rebecca Pugsley, Derriford Hospital

Dr Matthew Oldman, Derriford Hospital

Dr Ben Hearne, Torbay Hospital (data analysis, manuscript preparation and presentations)

Local Trust Project Leads
Dr Tom Lawson, Derriford Hospital
Dr Sarah Cassie, Royal Cornwall Hospital
Dr David Hay, Torbay Hospital
Dr Nick Soulter, Musgrove Park Hospital
Dr Emma Shacklock, North Devon District Hospital
Dr Jeremy Preece, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
Local Trust Project Investigators
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Dr Ross Vanstone
Torbay Hospital, Torquay
Dr Ben Hearne
Local Trust Project Contributors
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
Dr Sophie Mathoulin
Dr Nicola Pilkington
Dr Ian McCarthy
Dr Chris Vary
Dr Rebecca Johnson
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro
Dr Howard Thompson
Dr William Jewell
Dr Rebecca Brooks
Dr Samantha Banks
Dr Kim Chisti
Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
Dr Natalie Wood
Dr Adam Carpenter
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter
Dr Holly Brooker
Dr Alex Dunn
Dr Adam Green
Torbay Hospital, Torquay
Dr Sarah Shaw