At its meeting on 2 June the BTS Board discussed several options which they hope will enable the Society to run its annual Winter Meeting in a safe and responsible way. Trustees are keen that an event takes place that enables delegates to meet face to face if at all possible, but they are aware that it is impossible at this stage to forecast what might be happening in relation to COVID-19 and Winter Pressures. The conference venue is still working on plans to accommodate events as and when restrictions on opening are lifted.
In December 2020 it is likely that the respiratory community will be extremely stretched, dealing with annual Winter Pressures as well as COVID-19 – new cases and follow-up work, rehabilitation, and the other services that patients need from respiratory teams.
We have therefore decided to move the Winter Meeting to Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 February 2021.