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Presenter Profile: Dr Phil Hammond

Dr Phil Hammond
Dr Phil is a regular guest on Have I Got News For You

Phil Hammond was one half of the award-winning comedy duo Struck Off and Die (twice selected for the Perrier Pick of the Fringe).

He has won awards for his various BBC Radio 4 series, and has written Private Eye's medical column, Doing the Rounds, since 1992.

Dr Phil has close connections with Bristol and its health services - he was one of the first to break the story of the Bristol heart scandal, and gave evidence at the subsequent public inquiry.

He was the presenter of five series of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor on BBC Two, exposing wide variations in care across the NHS, and still works locally as a GP.

You've probably seen him most recently on either Countdown, or Have I Got News For You, although he's heard regularly on BBC Radio Four's News Quiz and The Now Show.

Dr Phil, who is half Australian and half West Country, says he loves working on a Saturday morning:

"Like most doctors, I'm really nosey and I love to gossip, so if you call in, expect a bit of gentle probing.

"My work is split between writing, broadcasting, lecturing, doctoring and comedy.

"I still do a bit of general practice, but to be honest I'm a bit rusty so if you phone in with any medical problems, you might like to get a second opinion!"

Dr Phil, who lives in Chew Valley, also loves his sport: "I love it here. I'm a coach of the Chew Valley Under 12 Rugby team - we're smaller than most of the teams we play because there aren't any takeaways nearby - but the team has great spirit.

Catch Dr Phil on alternate Saturdays from 10am until 1pm - or listen again!





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