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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

Today we are a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with a membership of well over 27,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world. 15,000 of these live and work in the UK and 80% of that figure are based in England and Wales. Our membership includes people at every stage of their career, from medical students through to trainees, consultants and those who have retired from practice.

With our interest in professional standards, the College’s primary role – and the main concern of our Fellows and Members is to ensure the safety of our patients and provide them with the best possible care. We do this by championing the highest standards of surgical and dental practice; through our provision of courses and educational programmes, training, examinations and Continuous Professional Development; our liaison with external medical bodies; and by influencing healthcare policy across the UK.

We are headquartered in Edinburgh and have major bases of operations in Birmingham and Kuala Lumpur.

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Press releases from October 2015

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Time to Cut the CRP

Welsh Medical Student Identifies Huge Cost Savings from Misleading Blood Test

Research by a local medical student has highlighted that some inappropriate blood tests could be costing the Welsh NHS annually over £80,000 in the assay alone, let alone the time needed to take the blood, interpret the results and review with the patient; the study has won him a prize by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College. These cost saving …

The Bone Collector

Research Competition Awarded to Innovative Exeter Bone Research

Research by a young Exeter-based surgical trainee which could change the way anterior cruciate repair is undertaken in the UK was chosen as the winning paper at a prestigious local medical research competition. The research undertaken by Alasdair Barrie, 27, a year 1 surgical trainee currently based in Exeter, used data from the Exeter Bone Bank t…

Is the NHS Fattist

New research shows that policies on BMI before surgery are incorrectly rationing access

New research could be set to turn CCG and Health Board policy on its head. Currently, many overweight or obese patients needing hip or knee replacements are being refused surgery until they have lost weight. This new data has shown that even if a patient is obese, it has NO effect on the outcome of a hip or knee replacement. The study, presented b…

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