Patient Group

The patient group has had a new lease of life in the past few months, we now have 5 committed members of the group who meet quarterly.

Any patient and their family & friends are welcome to join us at our quarterly event, that is held in the Outpatients Main Waiting Area at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on the 2nd Monday of February, May, August & November at 10am.

The group talk about things that have affected them personally and also work on a articles for the Patient Group pages in the Get A-Head newsletter, we have had great feed back from patients and their families on this. 

The patient group also plan events and meetings for patients and family to get together, such as coffee mornings, golf days, pub lunches and the annual patient Christmas party, that is free to all!

Often when you are diagnosed with an illness, you just need to talk to someone who has had a similar experience, all of our group are happy to answer and questions and arrange to speak to you or meet you should you wish. To get intouch please email the office at and we will pass your details onto the group.

Thinking of getting involved with our Patient Group, contact us at


Meet the Group

Read the Patient Newsletter here

Ken Wiggins lives in North Birmingham. Janet was an ex-patient at the Queen Elizabeth Ear Nose and Throat department some 17 years ago.  Ken has 2 grown up sons, and one grandson.He would be happy to receive inquiries or questions about the Patients Support Group.
 Fran Hello I’m Fran.I have been a Thyroid patient of John Watkinson for 16 years. I have been involved with Get A-Head for around 14 years, and have been involved in many events of the year, a firm favourite of mine being the annual ball.I am looking forward to the patient group growing and speaking with and meeting new patients. Please feel free to ask me questions or advice, you can contact me via the Get A-Head office.
 Janet P Hi. I’m Janet. Working part time for an insurance company, my interest in volunteering began whilst in my final year of my Psychology degree. I spent 9 months with the Birmingham Brain Injury Centre (Rehab UK). After I qualified I decided to volunteer for the British Thyroid Foundation and Get A-Head Charitable Trust (GAH), supporting patients with thyroid and head & neck disease. With help from both charities I have been running a support group since 2009.Feeling able to help, by sharing my personal experience with Papillary Thyroid Cancer (diagnosed 1994), I also supported patients in the ENT outpatients at the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital for GAH. Wanting to widen my voluntary experience I became a tutor for Self-Management UK delivering generic courses to people with long term health conditions.With my growing interest in Health and Wellbeing I took the step in December 2012 to leave my career in insurance. I became a Lead Volunteer with Macmillan Cancer Support helping to develop their Direct Volunteering Service in Solihull and Birmingham (launched October 2013). As a volunteer for Patient Services (PALS), on an oncology/haematology ward, I gained some valuable knowledge of the NHS and now work part time for the NHS whilst maintaining my voluntary charitable interests.
  My name is Loretta, I am a thyroid cancer (Follicular) patient of Mr Watkinson.I was diagnosed 2011 which was followed by 2 operations at the R.A.I.I have been all clear since July 2012 and consider myself very lucky to be involved with the lovely people at Get A-Head.I am happy to talk to anyone who wants to ask any questions or just needs support.
 Kelly I am Kelly, the daughter of a Thyroid Cancer patient. I really enjoy helping with the patient group/charity and enjoy fundraising including a recent skydive


Read the Patient Newsletter here