28 February 2014
At 5pm today Friday 28 February 2014 we are officially closing Louise Lorne Clinic based at 22 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham which was established by Dr Gordon Skinner in 1999 to offer help to thousands of patients who suffered from thyroid disease. Over the years we saw these patients returned to optimal health through Dr Skinner’s ministrations.
Every day at the clinic started with laughter and every day ended with great satisfaction for all who worked here. I feel fortunate to have worked with Dr Skinner as he was an exceptional human being.
Dr Skinner’s unique scientific mind combined with the depth of knowledge and experience of medicine enabled him to treat each patient on an individual basis and provide the care needed for that person. He was an independent thinker and a very courageous man, always standing up for what he believed. Dr Skinner always did his best for the patients and was true to his Hippocratic Oath.
I feel privileged and honoured to have been Dr Skinner’s student, colleague and friend. He has inspired generations of students and colleagues who have admired his courage, determination to seek the truth and uniqueness. The most common comment from patients has been that Dr Skinner gave them their life back - how fantastic to have done that for so many people.
On behalf of Helen Cox, Carol Wright and Helen Gordon I would like to thank all the patients, their relatives and friends for years of friendship and fun and their kindness at this difficult time. We have had wonderful years following patients’ progress some of whom went on to achieve great academic success, marital happiness and babies after treatment. We have been on difficult journeys with some and have been overjoyed by their successes and return to optimal health.
I would also like to thank TPA and Thyroid UK for their help and support.
We will continue Dr Skinner’s work in both thyroid and vaccine research and hope that you will all keep supporting us.
Afshan Ahmad PhD
First of all I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of condolence and support following Dr. Skinner's passing away on 26th November 2013. Helen Cox, Helen Gordon, Carol and I are very grateful for your thoughfulness and understanding at this difficult time.
I am also very grateful for the donations to the Vaccine Research Trust and we are in the process of organising Gift Aid forms for those of you who have sent in donations by cheque. I apologise for the delay in writing and thanking all of you but we will be doing this in the near future. Thank you for your generosity and let me assure you that the donations will fund valuable research which will help to make life better for patients. Dr. Skinner's research work in thyroid disease and vaccine development will continue from the same premises as his Clinic.
Unfortunately we ave been unable to find a replacement for Dr. Skinner's and the Clinic will therefore close on 28th February 2014. We are sending out letters to patients and their Family Practitioners to infomr them of the situation and would request that you are patient with us as the task is enormous and we hope to complete it by the end of February.
We will continue to support Dr. Skinner's patients in any way we can and thank you all once again for your kindness, generosity and loyalty. We feel privileged to have been part of a service which put patients at the heart of its existence.
With kind regards and best wishes,
Afshan Ahmad, PhD
Announcement December 2013
It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Dr Gordon Skinner passed away from a stroke on 26 November 2013.
His funeral took place on Thursday December 5th in Lapworth and we are hoping to organise memorial services in Birmingham and Glasgow in 2014.
We thank you all for your loyalty, friendship and support to Dr.Skinner over many years, particularly with his academic difference of opinion with the GMC.
Unfortunately, without Dr. Skinner we are unable to continue his Medical Practice and we are in the process of writing to patients and their Family Practioners to advise them of the situation. Although at this point we are unable to advise any further, patients may find the following websites helpful for advice and guidance;
We will continue The World Thyroid Register and Dr Skinner's work to address the Four-Action Strategy. Please keep encouraging friends, relatives etc to register on this site to help galvanise actions to address the appalling shortfalls in the care of patients struggling to obtain appropriate help. This wesbite will be updated on a regular basis to keep you advised of progress and required actions.
Anyone wishing to donate in Dr. Skinner's memory, please send cheques payable to 'Vaccine Research Trust', a charity he established in 1982 and which is continuing his research. The address for The Vaccine Research Trust is; 22 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8BE. Alternatively, please go to www.justgiving.com/vaccine-research-trust
We are very grateful for all the kind messages and thank everyone for their support at this difficult time.
NO SURRENDER! (As Dr. Skinner would have said!)
Afshan Ahmad PhD