Claire Rayner had been a Patron of BTF since 1994 until her death in October 2010 at the age of 79. She was a well-known journalist, novelist and national broadcaster (radio and TV). As a trained nurse and midwife she was an acknowledged authority on child care, medical and allied subjects, and was author of over 90 books on a broad range of medical subjects as well as popular fiction. Ms Rayner broadcast several of her own radio and TV series as well as contributing to many other programmes. As a journalist she regularly contributed to national newspapers, women’s and general magazines and medical journals. Her other commitments included, among others, associate non-executive director of the Royal London Group of Hospitals and of Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospital NHS Trust, Royal College of Nursing Committee on Ethics, Royal Commission on the Funding of Care of the Elderly, and Patron and advisor to a larger number of medical and social welfare organisations.
'I[Over] fifty years ago I became ill with acute thyrotoxicosis - Graves’ Disease …..suffice it to say that I eventually was treated successfully with a thyroidectomy which, undoubtedly, saved my twenty-year old life. With that history, how could I not accept an invitation to become a Patron of the British Thyroid Foundation? If they can help other young people – or indeed people of any age! – to cope with this unpleasant condition – and it’s just as unpleasant if you have a shortage of thyroid hormone rather than an excess as I did – then I want to do what little I can to help. I hope other people will see them as well worthy of support as I do'.
Maria Aitken became our first Patron in 1992 and remained one until 2013. Maria is a well known actor, director, and author. She is especially known for role in A Fish Called Wanda. Maria now divides her time between London and New York. BTF thanks Maria for her long-term support.
12 April 2013 Helping to raise funds for the BTF
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Notice of temporary unavailability of Eltroxin tablets
11 March 2013
Mercury Pharmaceuticals may have been supplying your thyroid medication in two forms; Eltroxin or levothyroxine tablets. Both are very nearly identical. The Eltroxin tablets are likely to be temporarily unavailable in the near future. This may mean that the pharmacist will give you levothyroxine tablets instead at exactly the same strength (after checking with your doctor). Switching to levothyroxine tablets is very unlikely to cause any problems as the two forms are switching to levothyroxine tablets is v unlikely to cause any problems as the two forms are the same and are produced by the same manufacturer. If you have any problems please let your doctor know. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Please contact Mercury Pharma Medical Information department in case of any queries:
Tel: 08700 70 30 33
Rock up And Sing Concert
Congratulations to BTF who celebrated their 21st birthday with a stylish and uplifting show at Harrogate's beautiful Royal Hall on Sunday 24 March. The local rock choirs from Rock Up & Sing performed a number of songs which the audience clearly loved. By the time we got to 'Time Warp' and 'Dancing Queen' everyone was on their feet! We are very grateful to the many local businesses and individuals who supported us with generous donations to our raffle and to all those who gave their time and efforts to make the night such a success.
30 December 2012
Many congratulations to BTF Patron Josef Craig who won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month, and has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.
MHRA suspends licence for Teva levothyroxine 100 micgrogram tablets http://www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/Pressreleases/CON143688
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British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons - the representative body of British Surgeons who have a specialist interest in surgery of the endocrine glands (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal)