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New Student Elective Report Received

Comparing Post-Op Instructions following Extractions in Bristol and Nepal

Claudia Lever and Ella Holden had very kindly sent us a report of their recent trip to Nepal.

You can read tabout it by clicking here








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In Memoriam: Alun Jones, 1928-2018

We are very sad to report that Alun, our old friend and colleague, died on 27th June at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, following a stroke. He died peacefully with family at his bedside.

Alun was born on 29th June 1928 in Pontypridd, South Wales. He attended the local grammar school where he excelled in studies and sports. He became head boy and played for his very successful school rugby team.

He did his National Service in the Royal Navy and in 1947 came to Bristol to study dentistry. He continued to enjoy rugby and played for the University team. He remained throughout his life an enthusiastic supporter of Pontypridd and Wales rugby.

After graduation, and until he retired, he ran a successful NHS practice in Bristol – he was an extremely proud and staunch supporter of the NHS. In the 1980s he joined a small group of young graduates in promoting alumni reunions – and he carried on to serve our BDAA as Treasurer for over 30 years.

He married Bett while still a student and henceforth his family became the central part of his life. They had three daughters and a son, and over the years 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren were added to the family.. His dear wife died in 2014 and, as his own health deteriorated, his daughters and grandchildren gave him wonderful support at home.. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.

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BDAA Dental Student Prizes

Following a graduation ceremony in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial building on the morning of 17th July, 2 prizes were awarded by Ken Marshall, on behalf of the BDAA to the following BDS students  at a ceremony in the Biomedical Sciences building.

BDAA Elective Prize

Miss Caroline Clarke and Miss Nicola Harvey

For their study: Does watching videos of OSCE stations as part of revision have the potential for improving student performance in the OSCE examination in second year dental students?




BDAA Research Prize

Miss Wendy McLaren

For her study: A cross-sectional observational study to assess the working posture of clinical dental students at Bristol Dental Hospital

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Final Results Day

Friday 15th June was the day all students dream about: the day they receive news that they have passed their final exams. Traditionally it is a day when representatives of DDU, Dental Protection and Wesleyan offer hospitality to the students and recruit them. This year, for the first time, the BDAA was there, represented by Ken Marshall and Reg Andlaw, also offering refreshment and trying to recruit. As well as the students and staff who gathered in the courtyard behind the Chapter House were a few of the Hannover party who had been guests from the 9th June.   One of them was Professor Husametin Gunay whom we were both pleased to meet again, but particularly Ken Marshall who set up the Hannover Exchange way back in 1973and must derive great satisfaction seeing it remain so successful. The BDAA has supported the Hannover Exchange since 2005.

Photo shows, Reg Andlaw, Husametin Gunay & Ken Marshall

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BDAA Supporting Dental Students

Dental students Liz Hollis and Natasha Parmar asked whether we would help out with expenses after they had a poster display accepted for presentation at the May meeting of the British Society of Oral Medicine in Dundee. We were only too happy to help as they would have been unable to attend without financial support and they reported back with a message of thanks which can be read here.

The photograph shows Liz (centre) and Natasha (R) in front of their display together with supervisor, Dr Rachel Cowie.

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Bob Izon

It is with regret we have to report the death of Bob Izon.

Bob (BDS Bristol 1966) died on Sunday 1st April.  He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for many years, which he bore with great strength and fortitude. A Memorial Service will be held at St Paul’s Church, Hereford HR1 1RT on Wednesday 18th April at 2.00pm.

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David Baker (1942 – 2018)

We are sad to report the death of David Baker on 20th February.

David was born in Wolverhampton on 6th October 1942. He was a Bristol dental student from 1961, qualifying in December 1965. He worked as an associate in a dental practice in Cannock before opening his own practice in Codsall.
He married Joy, a dental nurse at the Bristol dental school and they had two daughters, Amanda and Samantha.. He enjoyed camping holidays with his family and shared an interest in fast cars with his good friend Bob Russell (1965), on one occasion speeding down the M5 in a 3.4. Mk2 Jaguar – before speed limits were imposed in 1966! He kept in contact with his Bristol student friends and was a regular attender with Joy at 66Society reunions in Bristol.
Dave suffered a devastating stroke in December 2015 that robbed him of his speech, mobility and ability to write or use a keyboard. Late last year lung cancer was diagnosed. He died peacefully at home in his sleep on 20th February. His funeral on 8th March was attended by a large number of relatives, friends and patients.

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New Reunion Report Received: Class of ’82

John Cantwell Writes:

35th Reunion of the Class of ‘82

We gathered at the Marriott Royal in Bristol for our 7th reunion.
Some had revisited the Llandoger Trow in the afternoon to lubricate the proceedings. We assembled in the bar, 23 of the 46 graduates managing to attend and all looking in good shape!
There were some apologies from those who couldn’t make it – skiing, mountain rescue, family weddings, poorly and exotic volunteering all good reasons, we felt.
We had a good meal and drinks and after, gathered for the photo shoot.
Reminiscences, laughter and friendship were the order of the evening.
There was a kind of irony in that the Bristol Dental Ball was going on in the next function room! So young, so idealistic, so slim! We are their future, poor dears!
Our year group have always enjoyed our reunions and there is a lasting camaraderie from our time together as a small group at BDH.
Looking forward to number 40!

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Recently held reunion reports…

1987 reunion, Saturday 11th November

Caroline Drugan

The 30-year reunion of the Class of 1987 was expertly arranged by Maurice Trotter, all the way from Queensland, Australia after he promised he would do the next one five years ago.

The day kicked off with Susan Hooper leading a group of us on a tour of the dental school. There have been many changes over the years but the most notable were the demise of the student bar and the replacement of the library with a computer suite. In the evening, we gathered at the Bristol Hotel for dinner and conversation. About half the year were able to attend, many with partners; unfortunately two had to drop out at the last minute due to family circumstances.

It was great to see everyone again, in particular those who haven’t attended other reunions. Reg Andlaw was able to join us for the evening, which was lovely. Many stayed in the bar talking until the early hours, although some of us had beds to get to. We are now looking for volunteers for the next reunion – living at a distance from Bristol is no excuse, as Maurice so ably demonstrated!



’66 Society reunion, Saturday 2nd December, 2017

Bob Binnersley

A gathering of twenty-three intrepid reunionists met for the 51st consecutive reunion dinner of the Society. Nearly all members can still walk and all talk almost incomprehensibly about times long since, exaggerated by most.

The meeting was graced by the presence of Dr Reg Andlaw, Chairman of the Bristol Dental Alumni Association, who is a staunch supporter of alumni reunions. His attendance is always much appreciated. A toast was offered before the meal to mark the passing of Professor David Berry. Dave was a great teacher and gave total support to all students who passed his way. Members’ thoughts were also expressed about those members who are not well and unable to attend.

For anyone who is associated with members of the ’66Society and would like to attend, please contact me at


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New Student Elective Report Received

Patient-dentist communication in Cambodia


Christina Tran & Lu Huey Khoo

Our first week in Cambodia was spent in a makeshift dental clinic at a school in Phnom Penh’s poorer outskirts (Image 1). Conditions here were vastly different to the Bristol Dental Hospital, with portable lamps and handpieces powered by an unreliable generator (Image 2), and instruments (including burs) being sterilised in a pressure cooker (Images 3, 4). We performed a wide range of treatment on patients, from routine fillings and fissure sealants to multiple extractions. The resilience of the patients we treated never ceased to amaze us; children of no more than eight years old could tolerate palatal infiltrations with less than a whimper. Most impressive of all were the staff, who were able to deal with long queues of patients, crying infants, and exploding equipment without batting an eye.

Our second week, spent in a modern, established clinic in central Phnom Penh, was somewhat quieter, which allowed us to make some key observations on patient-dentist communication in a Cambodian dental setting.


Image 1: (left) Entrance to the makeshift dental clinic, set up in an empty classroom. Patients were seen at the desk for registration, medical history taking, and post-op instructions.

Image 2: (right) Dental chairs, portable handpieces, and lamps set up at the makeshift dental clinic.







Image 3: (left) Pressure cooker used to sterilize instruments on-site.

Image 4: (right) Instruments laid out in the clinical area of the makeshift dental clinic.

We completed separate diaries of observation at the end of each day, reflecting on our own experiences. Communication between patients and dentists often took on a paternalistic approach, with the dentist using physical contact as a form of instruction. A culture of openness in the dental setting was not observed, as patients did not seem willing to acknowledge their right to raise concerns regarding pain during treatment. Although most patients initially adopted an ‘open position’ in the dental chair, indicating a relaxed attitude, this often changed to a ‘closed position’ once treatment started, indicating anxiety. Due to the time constraints, little could be done to address their discomfort.

From our observations, the current paternalistic model of communication enabled patients to be seen more quickly, as less time was spent building rapport and discussing treatment options with patients. This fulfilled the main priority of the ‘One-2-One Foundation’: to provide critical care to as many patients as possible. However, this paternalism also resulted in little patient understanding or motivation for the maintenance of good oral health. Previous studies in developing countries have shown that a patient-centred approach to a consultation can improve patient satisfaction and compliance with treatment. We therefore theorised that a more patient-centred model of communication in Cambodian dentistry may help to improve adherence to oral hygiene and dietary advice, reducing the caries incidence in the population.

In conclusion, our time in Cambodia has been a valuable experience in many aspects. We have not only vastly improved our own practical skills under great time pressure, but have also gained key insight into patient-dentist communication.

All that remains to be said is how grateful we are to the Bristol Dental Alumni Association for making this valuable learning experience possible.