A dose of laughter is your prescription

IF you’re having trouble getting a GP’s appointment, quit trying and book tickets for Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show instead?

The GP, writer, broadcaster and comedian is once more escaping his surgery and will shortly be stopping off in Hemel with his scalpel sharp, wonderfully funny but provocative show.

He’ll be on stage to answer all those tricky questions like – if £105 billion is being ploughed into the NHS, why’s it still no safer than bungee jumping? How do you spot a dodgy doctor? Is Dr Phil one? And what to do if someone dies on you during sex?

Dr Phil has all the answers, and even if he doesn’t, he’ll make something up.

His current tour also involves a number of people bringing their ailments to the performance and hoping Phil will cure them on the spot, a bit like an evangelist healing.

He said: “People come with all sorts of lumps and bumps and I try and solve what I can. One guy came with a urine sample and left with a prescription, you wouldn’t get that if you went to a musical, now would you?”

Brought up in Australia before relocating to the Wiltshire town of Marlborough, Phil qualified as a doctor in 1987 from Girton College, Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, and became a GP in 1991.

Although he still works part-time as a GP and lecturer, he’s best known for his stand-up comedy, TV and radio work.

He’s survived Ruby Wax, Have I Got News For You – seven times, The News Quiz and The Now Show, presents The Music Group for BBC Radio 4, who also recently commissioned Polyoaks, a GP-based sitcom which he will co-write.

He’s the author of three best-selling books – an NHS satire called Medicine Balls, Trust Me I’m Still a Doctor – about 20 years of whistle-blowing in Private Eye, and a pleasure manual titled Sex, Sleep or Scrabble?

Private Eye’s medical correspondent for 20 years, he broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992 which lead to the largest public enquiry in British history. And in 2009, he broke allegations of serious errors in pathology reporting in Bristol which also lead to an enquiry.

A passionate advocate of patient power he believes patient empowerment is the crucial bit of the jigsaw missing from NHS reform, and he has a reputation for being outspoken and explicit.

In his Rude Health Show, inspired by time at a sexual health clinic, he focuses on the health cost of us hedonistic, accident-prone, sex-obsessed individuals. The best way to save the NHS is not to use it, so how do you pleasure yourself without ending up in casualty?

Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show will be at the Old Town Theatre, Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, January 26, 8pm.

Call 01442 228091 for tickets or go online at www.oldtownhall.co.uk.