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Cookies

'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. Essentially it takes the form of a small text file deposited on your computer's hard drive.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service provided by Google, Inc that uses cookies to help the website analyse how users use this site. The cookie will generate information about your use of the website, and this along with your IP address will be stored on servers in the United States by Google, Inc. This information is retained for the purposes of evaluating and compiling reports on website activity and for other services relating to internet usage. This information may be transfer to third parties by Google, Inc where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on their behalf. Your IP address will not be associated with any other data held by Google, Inc.

Certain facilities on our site (for example order forms) may also use cookies to help us process your order or feedback. These cookies are not saved and are deleted once the process is complete.

If you want to prevent our cookies being stored on your computer in future, you may do so by referring to your internet browser's instructions. You can do this by clicking on the "Help" menu. Please note however that if you disable our cookies you may not be able to access certain services or facilities on our sites and your use of our sites may be restricted. Further information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at www.AboutCookies.org.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) uses and protects any information that you give the BTF.

The BTF is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. If we ask you to provide information by which you can be identified, for example on the membership application form, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

If you provide information when getting in touch with us, for example the details contained in a medical query, we will not ask for any other unnecessary personal information, and your question and reply will be temporarily stored securely in the BTF files.

The BTF may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should therefore check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from February 2018.

What we collect

If you complete a membership application form we will collect the following information:

  • name and address, or the name and age of your child, if you are joining on their behalf
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode and type of thyroid disorder

What we do with the information you send

We require this information so we can send you our members' newsletter, and to keep in touch with you with urgent updates e.g a cancelled local meeting, and also to help us understand your needs. In particular it helps us:

  • to manage internal record keeping 
  • to contact you for research purposes, such as surveys (if you have given permission for us to do this)
  • to understand members' needs and concerns and to provide a service e.g respond to any medical query you may have, which might also be published in the newsletter

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we have stored.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. Please note, however, that once you have used these links to leave our site, we do not have any control over the information contained on other websites. Therefore we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide whilst visiting other websites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form that you have either downloaded from the BTF website or filled in online, you can click to indicate that you want the BTF to contact you. If the box remains unticked we will not contact you
  • if you have previously agreed to us contacting you, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at info@btf-thyroid.org

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to a third party. If you have opted in to agreeing to the BTF contacting you, we may use your personal information to send you BTF promotional information or surveys which we think you may find interesting.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at info@btf-thyroid.org. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Latest News

  • Krakow Declaration on Iodine 2018 19 Apr 2018

    Iodine is essential for the health of future generations. Please read and sign the Krakow Declaration on Iodine to help prevent the lifelong and debilitating effects of iodine deficiency in Europe. #IodineDeclaration

  • Milton Keynes Group Meeting 28 Mar 2018

    The Milton Keynes group will be meeting on Saturday 19 May 2018. Dr Asif Malik Humayun, Consultant Physicial (Diabetes & Endrocrinology) at Milton Keynes University Hospital will be speaking about hypothyroidism. More details can be found here.

  • Bristol support meeting 8 Mar 2018

    The BTF Bristol local support group will meet on Wednesday 14 March. Nutritionist Victoria Kubiak will be speaking about different ways of managing your thyroid condition. Find out more.

  • 2018 Research Award Winner 7 Mar 2018

    Prof Colin Dayan of the University of Cardiff is the recipient of the 2018 BTF Doris Godfrey Research Award. He will be investigating Morbidity And Mortality In Liothyronine Treated Patients: LT3 Outcome Study. More details here.

Medical Queries

We have a comprehensive range of guides on thyroid disorders and treatments available to download for free:

You may also contact us via email at medical-query@btf-thyroid.org for support, though please note that it may take our medical advisors several weeks to answer your queries.

All Trials

Clinical trials are used to test new and existing treatments. Sometimes the results (the overall picture of the treatment’s effects) are not published - which means that other medical researchers and doctors cannot use them. If you would like to change this situation to the ultimate benefit of patients, please sign the AllTrials petition.AllTrials petition