Support Local support groups Milton Keynes group Due to government guidance on social distancing, all our local groups are unfortunately cancelled until further notice. Meeting information Having spoken to the experts on the Cov.19 virus and the possibility of a second wave occurring the team have decided we would not continue this year to hold our Information Events. I have spoken to our proposed September speaker Dr David Halsall who is happy to visit our group next year. Our thyroidmk Team are holding our planning meeting via ZOOM and have some ideas on how to keep yourselves up to date with what is going on in the “Thyroid World”. Keep up to date with us via our thyroidmk.website,Twitter, Facebook and the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) website. BTF are needing help with funding and an excellent way of helping is when you are shopping online. Using AMAZON UK I logged into the smileamazon logo and just lately I was notified of the amount that I earned for BTF. If all of us do this then I am sure this will be a great bonus towards helping the annual research award. Next Meetings: Saturday 5th September 2020 - Meeting Cancelled Speaker Dr David Halsall, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director of the specialist endocrine testing laboratory at Cambridge University Hospital Topic: Understanding your blood test results About the group: The group meets three times a year in March, June and October. Professional speakers with health related backgrounds attend each meeting. Meetings take place from 10.30am to 1pm. A voluntary donation of £2.00 is requested to cover the cost of room hire. Location:The PavillionOpen UniversityMilton KeynesMK7 6AA Contact:Wilma on 01908 563289 or see www.thyroidmk.co.uk find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ThyroidMK Profile Wilma is the local coordinator for the Milton Keynes group. I have been for the past 18 years a local coordinator and telephone contact for Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. Along with my team we hold Information Events three times a year at the Open University.If you are having a problem or need advice give me a call, I am happy to receive telephone enquiries. Past Meetings Saturday 7th March 2020 Speaker Carol Wright Lifecoach (Healthy Minds Matter) Topic: Nutrition: Develop an understanding of your eating habits, sleep, stress and movement. June 2019Dr Vasco Fernandes MBBS, DCH, MRCGP, FFPHM, retired Milton Keynes NHS Consultant Physician, came to talk to our group about thyroid conditions. His talk covered: a general introduction to thyroid conditions, latest information and research and issues related to thyroid conditions and dealing with situations which may arise. His presentation and slides were commendable, as was his interaction with the audience. He took time to answer questions, was sympathetic to their needs. For those who couldn’t make the meeting, a copy of his slides are available on request. It was a good opportunity for new members to learn about thyroid conditions and a refresher for those who have been coming to our meetings for some time. March 2019 A feedback survey from the members highlighted that an informal session would be welcomed by our members. Therefore, an informal meeting was held on 2 March 2019. Our members had the chance to have a general discussion. To allow for everyone to take part we also devided the members into two smaller groups. The groups were able to share ideas and information. One new member stated: 'I learned a lot from the friendly and helpful support group, I felt relaxed and was able to talk to others.'