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Mr Nick Battersby is currently undertaking a post-CCT Colorectal Fellowship at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and has been appointed as a Colorectal Consultant at The Royal Cornwall Hospital. He was awarded £2,500 for the Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Travelling Fellowship (Covidien Grant) by ACPGBI to visit two Danish centres of excellence in Nordsjællands Hospital, Hillerød (affiliated with University of Copenhagen) and Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark (May - June 2019

The first week of my fellowship was spent under the supervision of Anders Bertelsen in Hillerød Hospital, 35km north of Copenhagen. I arrived in the beautiful city of Copenhagen early on a Sunday morning in May. There are amazingly well preserved colourful old buildings interspersed with fantastic modern architecture, including Henning Larsen’s Royal Danish Opera House. I was most struck by the sense of calm. At that time in the morning, there was little to hear other than the noise of bikes being ridden through the city and lapping water from the Nyhavn river.

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