The Assembly Rooms


6th - 9th June 2010

For 2010, The Workplace Visits will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 8th June.

Arts and Occupational Medicine FULLY BOOKED

Beginning with a talk at the Assembly Rooms and then progressing to visit at least one of the galleries in Edinburgh, the aim of this session is to make the most of the opportunity to view some of the world-class art exhibitions that Edinburgh has to offer, whilst tying in with our speciality. 

Babcock Dockyard

A short trip over the Forth Road Bridge takes you to the ex-Navy dockyard at Rosyth, the site for completing the construction of the Navy’s new carrier fleet.  Work to develop the site for the carrier project is well advanced and heavy engineering on this scale is rare in the UK.  Also the usual work of the dockyard will be continuing.  There are lots of interesting areas to see.  This visit is designed to complement the workshop on occupational health in dockyards.

Distillery trip

The Glenkinchie Malt Distillery is one of the closest to Edinburgh and you can get there by public transport from central Edinburgh.  Please refer to the Distillery's own web page for more information, including about transport.  Note that this is not an organised trip but a suggestion for an excursion for whisky fans


Founded in 1892, Mortonhall Golf Club is the oldest course in the City of Edinburgh over which golf is still played and is regarded as one of Scotland’s premier clubs.

The course is a superb championship test of 6530 yards, boasting unrivalled scenic views across Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and the Pentland Hills.

Numbers are limited.

Cost is £50 including green fees and transport.  Packed lunch will be provided by the Conference before your travel.

Macfarlan Smith FULLY BOOKED

This Visit provides a unique opportunity for a small number of people to visit an opiate manufacturing and processing site in the heart of Edinburgh.  As doctors you will have prescribed drugs many times.  Here is your chance to see how they are developed and manufactured.  Due to the nature of the site numbers will be limited and names will need to be provided in advance.

Practical IT Session

The Session will provide a review of the practical applications of a selection of software packages that will provide benefits of administration and patient/client management. A brief summary of advantages and disadvantages, usability, upgrades and future developments will be presented.  The aim of the Session is to give hands-on demonstrations on useful and relevant IT packages, followed by time to try the systems yourself.  Facilitators and company representatives will be present, to help you with queries and to enable you to explore the IT packages yourself.  Places will be limited: please pre-book. More info

Scottish Parliament FULLY BOOKED

Visit the iconic Scottish Parliament building on a working day to see how Government operates. Enric Miralles, the chief architect, always spoke about the Parliament building ‘sitting in the land’ and a landscape scheme has been laid out as part of the overall project. Concrete ‘branches’, which are covered in grass, flow out from leaf-shaped buildings, connecting them with the parkland. The landscaping includes native Scottish wildflowers, trees and shrubs as well as water and lighting features. Gabion walls, wire baskets filled with stones, also feature. These have been made using stones from some of the buildings previously on this site.  Your tour will be guided and will be behind the scenes – an unmissable opportunity.

Tour buses

The Conference has ten free places on tour buses to give to delegates on a first come, first served basis.  The free places are for a choice of tours of Edinburgh, departing from Waverley Bridge (central Edinburgh), enabling delegates to see and learn more about the city.  Please E-Mail if you are interested in one of the free places.