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Dr Phil Hammond
Phil takes a sideways look at normality

BBC Radio Bristol prescribes the perfect pill for Saturdays

By Lucy Kenny
Reckon you can't get hold of a doctor at the weekends? Then think again! BBC Radio Bristol has its very own surgery opening its doors at 10am.

But expect sharp wit and a large dose of irony... Dr Phil Hammond has his own show!

Dr Phil comes to the airwaves with a string of accolades.

He was one half of the award-winning comedy duo "Struck Off and Die" (twice selected for the Perrier Pick of the Fringe), has won awards for his various Radio 4 series, and has written Private Eye's medical column, Doing the Rounds, since 1992.

He 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.

Dr Phil Hammond
'To be honest, I'm a bit rusty,' says Phil

More recently he's presented 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 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 life ambitions are to rid the world of all known diseases and kiss Ali Vowles, though not necessarily in that order"
Dr Phil

The programme is packed full - we have local celebrities coming in each week to tell us about their Perfect Dinner Party. They have to tell us who they'd invite (dead or alive), what they would feed their guests, and what music they would play! It's an eclectic mix, with guests suggesting anyone from Hugh Hefner to Mother Theresa!!

Dr Phil also loves his sport  - "I live in the Chew Valley and 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. I’m also chair of governors at my children’s primary school in Chew Magna. We’ve just had a good Ofsted report so I’m very relieved.”

Each week we cross live to our away fans, as they travel up to their destination, and we also take in the wisdom of our Minifans - City and Rovers fans who are under 16! If you want to be a Minifan - get in touch!

Our Doctor in the House feature sees all sorts of diagnosis - Dr Phil is delighted to hear from anyone with a problem, but beware:

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

Get in touch email: phil.hammond@bbc.co.uk

"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!"

Catch Dr Phil every Saturday from 10am until 1pm - or listen again!

If you want to contact Dr Phil please do!!
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last updated: 29/09/08
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