SASWR was formed in 1947 with a membership of 48 in response to a suggestion from the Ministry of Health that regional societies might help to spread knowledge and promote friendship among members.

The objectives of the Society are to promote the development of knowledge and the art of Anaesthesia in the South Western region by means of lectures, discussion, practical demonstrations and films and in doing so to encourage co-operation and friendships between the anaesthetists of the region.

Now with over 550 members and growing yearly, SASWR continues to fulfill those initial objectives and its meetings remain a much awaited event on the calendar of every anaesthetic department.

The officers of the society are elected for three yearly terms with the exception of the president, who serves for one year. Local organising committees are arranged to create the bi-annual scientific meetings.

Previous presidents

Dr Keri Jones – 2012
Dr Peter Ritchie – 2011
Dr Stephen Mather – 2010
Dr Tricia McAteer – 2009
Sir Peter Simpson – 2008
Dr John Carter- 2007
Dr Neville Goodman – 2006
Dr Martin Coates – 2005
Dr Les Shutt – 2004
Dr Jenny Eaton – 2003
Dr Robert Johnson – 2002
Dr Robin Weller – 2001
Dr Roger Eltringham – 2000
Dr Brian Perriss – 1999
Dr Peter Baskett – 1998