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About the British Thyroid Foundation

The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) is an organisation set up in 1991 to help people with thyroid disorders. BTF staff, medical professionals, volunteers and people with thyroid disorders work together to provide support and information based on reliable medical evidence and personal experience.

Who is the BTF for?

It is for anyone with a thyroid disorder, for people interested in finding out more about thyroid disorders, as well as for parents, carers, family, friends, general practitioners, consultants and nurses.

How can the BTF help people with thyroid disorders?

quick_guides_smOur information provides facts about thyroid disorders. When you join the BTF, we will send you all the leaflets you request - these explain the different thyroid disorders.

We work with thyroid specialists from the British Thyroid Association (BTA), to ensure you get up-to-date and reliable information. The BTA is a non-profit-making learned society of professional clinical specialist doctors and scientists who look after patients with thyroid disorders and who carry out research into the thyroid.

We provide funds each year for research into thyroid disorders and for a nurse award; and we pass on information from the patient to doctors and nurses so they know what concerns people with thyroid disorders.

You will find further information and support from BTF telephone support volunteers - people who themselves have a thyroid disorder - and at BTF meetings - organised by our volunteer local coordinators.

book_imagesThe BTF book list gives details of books written for people with thyroid disorders.

In the meantime see our Quick Guides for instant information about thyroid disorders.

Learn about the benefits of membership and how we can support you.


about_us_crocus_springHarrogate Stray in Spring

Since 2002 the BTF head office has been in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We currently have four employees who are joined most days of the week by volunteers who help us in many different ways.

Harrogate is a spa town on the fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, which became famous for the healing properties of its waters when mineral springs were discovered over three centuries ago. A further claim to fame is Harrogate’s Odeon cinema, a grade II listed building, which featured on a Royal Mail 19p stamp in 1996. The town is home to Bettys tea rooms, Farrah’s toffee, Taylor’s tea and Harrogate Spa Water. Harrogate is known for its International Conference Centre (which hosted the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest!), the annual Great Yorkshire Show, Spring and Autumn Flower Shows, RHS Harlow Carr Gardens and the Harrogate Stray - 200 acres of open parkland - picturesque in every season of the year.




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23 April 2014
UK wide study of patients with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

A UK wide study is being planned to determine the long term health outcomes following the treatment (with surgery, radio-iodine, thyroxine) of patients with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.




23 April 2014
The latest news about Levothyroxine and Eltroxin tablets from Andipharm Mercury (AMCo)

AMCo have produced literature to help clear up any confusion for some patients about which products are available, and whether products marketed by AMCo as branded Eltroxin or as generic levothyroxine are the same or different.




2 April 2014
BTF Christmas cards for sale

We have a selection of BTF Christmas cards which we're selling off at reduced prices.




28 January 2014
Thyroid Cancer Patient Information film

Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust have produced a new film for patients who have been newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer




Patient information event to take place for people with Thyroid Eye Disease
The meeting will be held on 16 May 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne and will be a fantastic opportunity for patients to meet European and UK experts, find out about the latest advances, and get involved in discussions about the priorities of future research into TED.




14 January
Volunteers wanted for patient film project

BTF is looking for people to take part in 3 short films we'll be making about hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.




8 January
Thyroid Eye Disease and Smoking Cessation Leaflet

If you've had Graves' and/or TED then please read a new smoking cessation leaflet and let us have your feedback.




12 December
Thyroid Eye Disease Study Team (WALES)

The NISCHR CRC is looking for two volunteers with experience of thyroid eye disease to take part in a study.




2 December
Response to Petition #PE01463 to Scottish Parliament

The BTF has submitted a response to Petition #PE01463 to the Scottish Parliament about the treatment of thyroid and adrenal disorders.




5 November 2013
Thyroid Eye Disease Research

Congratulations to Matt Edmunds of the University of Birmingham who has been awarded the Fight for Sight/BTF and TEDct Research Award.




23 October 2013
Carbimazole shortage

Mercury Pharma report a shortage in the supply of carbimazole 20mg




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Associated with:

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)