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It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Privategp.com will be closed with effect from the 30th of September 2023.
It has been our privilege to look after you, our PGP “extended family”, which includes over 30,000 patients during our 28-year history.
Our integrative work has been groundbreaking with some truly remarkable and humbling results for which, I believe, we became quite famous.
I would like to thank past and present patients and staff for your tremendous work as an extended team, together with our network of colleagues throughout the UK.
We have worked very hard to try and ensure a smooth transition for your healthcare.
We hope that the information below will be helpful to you.

Your future medical care

It is important that you have access to your NHS GP or other medical service in future should you need prescription-based medications. We are unable to recommend a medical practice but may be able to signpost you to appropriate support via drpiper@privategp.com
If you have special requirements as a past patient please email drpiper@privategp.com. Responses are not guaranteed and will be discretionary.

How we handle your data

We have a legal duty to inform you of the way we are managing your data. Over the past two or three years, our policy has been to send you copies of all your letters, blood results, and notes from your consultations. Therefore, you should have enough information to provide any new GMC-registered medical practitioner.
Past medical records are held securely. Please send any SARS requests to drpiper@privategp.com

PGP still retains the contact data of all patients with an email address. This is with a view to making future contact to advise of any services being provided by PGP going forward. All patients are offered the option of opting out of this and having their contact data removed if they so wish.

Yours in health and happiness.
The PGP Team

Thyroid gland

The thyroid gland is a small gland in our neck, which helps with the general balance or homeostasis of the body. Like many other hormones, these thyroid hormones can be too low or too high.

Are you suffering with any of the following symptoms such as weight gain, weight loss, feeling cold, dry skin, constipation, poor memory or concentration, hair loss, depression, anxiety or many others? Symptoms of the thyroid gland are profuse and mimic many other conditions.

What to expect when you see a thyroid doctor

Your doctor will take a thorough and detailed medical history of your past and present health and symptoms. He or she will assess this rich tapestry and help to check on the low lying fruit that can be manoeuvred and supported. For example, symptoms such as tiredness can also be caused by many other problems such as anaemia, iron deficiency, coeliac disease, B12 deficiency, folate deficiency, infections, gut permeability, breathing problems and so on. Remember then that your doctor will need to check many different parameters of your health, and not just the thyroid gland alone.

Tests

If you suspect thyroid problems, your doctor will carry out blood tests.

There are many factors that influence thyroid gland but some of the blood tests that can be done are the thyroid-stimulating hormone, T4, T3, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, thyroid binding globulin, selenium, urinary iodine, thyroid antibodies and zinc. Often, in the NHS, only 2 or 3  tests are done which include the thyroid-stimulating hormone, thyroid antibodies, and T4. However, these tests are woefully inadequate in the full and thorough assessment of thyroid problems.

Other Hormones

We have to remember that the thorough assessment of thyroid challenge in our body, is complex. It is therefore important to see someone who understands this complexity.

The thyroid gland and its hormones, do not exist in isolation, they link with the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the adrenal glands, they are also affected by the general conditions of the bodies such as infections, inflammation and poor detoxification.

The body’s chemistry works as an elaborating interconnecting web where everything affects everything else. Therefore, if your doctor is trained in this intricate functional approach to managing body systems, he or she will understand how important the adrenal gland is to our thyroid hormones.

At PrivateGP we take the time and effort to explore all the possible causes and treatment options to restore your health. If we think your thyroid is the cause we face the thyroid challenge with you, every step of the way. Book an appointment today for quality care on your journey to health.

You are unique and we are ready to listen

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