Home Visits

Please note: these reports are published for educational purposes.

Click on a town or city to see the details of the TSS visit

Aberdeen 2011
Ashford (Middlesex) 2006
Belfast 1954 1976 1997 2012
Birmingham 1964 1974 2013

Blackburn 2022

Bury St Edmunds 1993
Cambridge 1986 2017
Canterbury 1994
Cardiff 1968
Chester 1998
Coventry 2019
Edinburgh 1932 1969 1978 1995
Glasgow 2008

Guernsey 2023

Lake District 1985 (spring)
Leeds 1924 1979 2004
Leicester 2012
Liverpool 1982
London 1972 1975 1977 1981 1983 2006 2014 2016
Manchester 1948 1967 1988
Middlesbrough 2015
Newcastle 1933 1971 1989
Newport 1991
Norwich 1961 1984 2002
Nottingham 1990 2010
Oxford 1947 1981
Plymouth 2005
Portsmouth 1958
RAF Halton 1985
RNH Haslar 1970 1992 2000
Salisbury 2007
Sheffield 1973 2003
Southampton 1996
Tunbridge Wells 2001


London Visits
1972 Westminster Hospital and the Royal Army Medical College, Millbank
1975 St Bartholomew’s Hospital
1977 Royal Postgraduate Hospital, Hammersmith
1980 Guy’s Hospital1983 Middlesex Hospital
1987 Homerton Hospital and St Mark’s Hospital
1999 Northwick Park / St Mark’s
2006 The Charterhouse (Enthusiasms – see text)
2009 Northwick Park / St Mark’s
2014 St Mary’s (Imperial)
2016 St George’s


The initial aim to meet foreign surgeons has been maintained annually apart from notable exceptions. There was a hiatus due to the Second World War, the visit to Israel in 1977 was cancelled as was the one in 1985 to Dallas (both possibly because of the expense), and most recently the plug was pulled on the visit planned (and arranged) to Greece in 1991 because casualties were expected to be received in UK hospitals from the Gulf War.

The pattern of our home visits, held every year since 1966, is now well-established. We arrive on a Thursday in late September and visit one or more local sites of interest that afternoon before an informal reception and supper. We usually stay as a group in one hotel, or occasionally two. Attendance is normally well over 30 and sometimes up to 90, offspring and rival meetings permitting.

The Friday all-day scientific meeting is highly instructive, embracing a wide spectrum of topics, mostly but not exclusively surgical, and is usually held on hospital (or occasionally hotel) premises. The programme now includes the annual TSS Registrar’s Prize (a handsome cheque), to encourage original work and professional presentations which are required to be succinct and to time. Operating theatre visits, case presentations and radiology quizzes are infrequent components of contemporary visits but there is often a final lecture on a topic of general interest that might catch the imagination of our whole group, the ladies joining the surgeons for this after a day visiting local places of interest to them. The black-tie evening begins with a reception followed by a group photograph and culminates in our annual dinner attended by an outside speaker, often of repute and rarely surgical unless of exceptional wit!

On the Saturday morning there is the Annual Business Meeting if it was not held the day before; much is debated, and approved new members are formally welcomed. Finally there is a visit to a site of outstanding interest ending with an informal lunch for those who stayed the course.

The fourteen original members of the Junior Surgical Club would surely be proud to see how far their intention “to meet once a year at a place and time to be decided at the previous meeting” has now been extended, in both time and place. Perhaps even Lord Moynihan would agree that of all his “boys” and travelling groups – he promoted at least four of the latter – the Travelling Surgical Society has been the most active, at least in maintaining those links that our founder-members held dear and in promoting ourselves and reviving our lessons and memories through annual Reports and most recently on the comprehensive web-site (now www.travellingsurgeon.org). A lot has been achieved since 1924 when that inaugural meeting in Leeds set the stage for a few British surgeons to visit their peers throughout the world.


Image above is of the members and partners at the Middlesbrough meeting









"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth"

Mark Twain

"When men of sober age travel, they gather knowledge which they may apply usefully in their country" 

Thomas Jefferson

"In our age such great usefulness redounds to the physician from his travels that none puts much faith in the authority of the physician who has not set foot outside his native land, and, although each may have at home in abundance those things which are necessary for medical instruction, nevertheless they ought to be strengthened or increased by a comparison with things abroad.

There is a vast delight and pleasure in gazing upon foreign lands and fields, mountains and rivers, observing the benignity of Nature's variety everywhere, the different conditions of the sick in homes and in hospitals with their great number of beds, which can readily be seen here and there, examining the methods for treating the patients, enjoying the conversation of the learned men, and calling forth their experiences, and visiting the laboratories, the furnaces of the chemists, the pharmacies and the unguent shops."

Thomas Bartholin, Danish anatomist (1616 -1680) on medical travel

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