Sir Richard Bayliss was a consultant physician and endocrinologist and also the physician to the Queen. Although he was a general endocrinologis he took a particula interest in thyroid disease. He was very concerned with patient's welfare and co-authored a book entitled 'Thyroid Disease - the facts' with Dr W Michael Tunbridge. From its beginnings he was very supportive of the BTF and its aims to work on behalf of thyroid sufferers.
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.
We are currently receiving a high volume of medical queries electronically. We are therefore only able to reply medical queries sent by members of the BTF at present. We do however have a comprehensive range of guides on thyroid disorders and treatments available to download for free:
Access our guides to thyroid disorders and treatments.
Download our free factsheet on thyroid and diet.
Download a BTF membership form.
10 March 2015
Patient journeys - BTF films
We are delighted to have produced a series of short films featuring people talking about their experience of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
22 January 2015
Fight for Sight and BTF Co-fund New Research
A research grant co-funded by Fight for Sight and the British Thyroid Foundation has been awarded to researchers at London's NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
15 December 2014
Thyroid cancer - patient journeys
BTF has produced four short films for patients with thyroid cancer. Please get in touch if you would like more information or support.
4 December 2014
Please take part in this new online survey which will help improve the information and services available to patients
5 November 2014
Patient Knowledge of antithyroid drug-induced agranulocytosis - article published in the European Thyroid Journal.
14 October 2014
BTF Research Award 2015
Applications for the BTF Research Award 2015 are now being accepted. This year in particular we welcome projects that will improve our understanding of hypothyroidism.
July 2014 BSL Signed Information Clips
SignHealth have created a series of signed informational videos about thyroid issues. Find them on their website here
8 June 2014
Iodine supplements for a healthy thyroid
Information about the importance of taking iodine supplements and who needs them.
Drug Availability Updates
The latest news and updates from pharmaceutical companies can be found below.
We have surveys for which participants are required.
Leaving a Legacy
Help to make a real difference by remembering BTF in your Will.
Support the BTF by getting a BTF key ring
Soy? Coconut Oil? Kelp? Don’t know what to believe? False claims, quick fixes and promises exposed here.
British Thyroid Association British Thyroid Association - medical professionals encouraging the highest standards in patient care and research.
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)