Lakin McCarthy

Lakin McCarthy


Dr Phil Hammond

Doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian


Dr Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond is a doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian.

He qualified as a GP in 1991 and currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.

Phil has won awards for broadcasting, popular health journalism, comedy and teaching.

He is a presenter on BBC Radio Bristol and has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent since 1992, campaigning for patient empowerment, open data in healthcare and for the NHS to be honest and transparent about the harm it causes as well as the good it does. In 2012, he was shortlisted with Andrew Bousfield for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Investigative Journalism for a Private Eye Special Report about the shocking treatment of NHS Whistleblowers.

Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2 and has appeared regularly on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown.

Phil’s Radio 4 sitcom about GPs struggling with the NHS reforms – Polyoaks – was written with David Spicer and the third series aired in June 2014.

Phil has written 5 books – Medicine Balls; Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor; Sex, Sleep or Scrabble?; Staying Alive (How to Get the Best from the NHS), and What doctors really think… (16 years of wit, wisdom, and lies).

Phil’s earlier tours include: Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show; Confessions of a Doctor; Games to Play With Your Doctor; and How to Survive the NHS… and Help the NHS Survive.

In 2016/17 he toured his ‘Health Revolution’ show encouraging audiences to “Laugh, love, shout and reclaim our NHS” and in 2018, as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, his show ‘Happy Birthday NHS?’ charts the course of the NHS from 1948 to as long as she lasts…

Phil is Vice President of the Patients’ Association and a patron of Meningitis UK, the Doctors’ Support Network, the Herpes Viruses Association, Patients First and Kissing It Better.


“A comedian trapped in a doctor’s body.” The General Medical Council

‘Thought provoking, scalpel sharp stand-up’ The Independent

‘Funny and provocative… a morbid wit with a schoolboy grin’ Evening Standard

“One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet” The Guardian