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March 5, 2015

STAYING ALIVE – HOW TO GET THE BEST FROM THE NHS – PUBLISHED APRIL 2
Filed under: News,Private Eye — Dr. Phil @ 8:40 am

STAYING ALIVE – HOW TO GET THE BEST FROM THE NHS

In this committed and compassionate book, Phil Hammond – a doctor, journalist, campaigner and patient – argues for a bidet revolution in the NHS – from the bottom up, with patients leading the charge. What we can do for ourselves to live well often far outweighs what modern medicine and the NHS can do for us. And when we do need to use the NHS, getting involved, speaking up and sharing our expertise can improve not just our care, but the care of others. We won’t always succeed, but we can learn from failure as we try to get the best care possible in our precious and precarious health service.

Dr Phil shares his own experiences of working in and investigating the NHS for 30 years, and combines it with the experiences and tactics of inspirational patients and carers, some of who have survived and thrived in the NHS, some who are planning a gentle death at home and some who have suffered greatly but are determined to improve the NHS so others don’t have to suffer.

  • The NHS is facing a crisis in care and a £30 billion black hole in its finances over 5 years. Politicians can’t fix it, but patients can.
  • Of the things that can be changed to improve our health, 70% depend on the way we live, 30% depend on the right healthcare. Most lives need living, not medicalising.
  • Getting the right care, right first time, improves both your life and the NHS for others – and patients can help to get it.
  • An invaluable book for people who use and work in the NHS, and those who want to get by without it.

Author Biography

Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, journalist, broadcaster and comedian. Phil has worked in general practice for over twenty years, and has also worked in sexual health. He currently works in a specialist NHS team for young people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2, encouraging patients to be more involved, assertive and questioning, and has been a presenter for BBC Radio Bristol since 2007. He has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent since 1992, and appears regularly on national radio and television speaking up for patient power and a more honest and transparent NHS. This is his fifth book.

Reviews

‘Phil’s words are informative, always honest and insightful. He gives us salutary lessons in what to look for, what levels of care we should expect, and are entitled to, how the NHS should work, and what to do if it’s not working for you. But perhaps the real strength in this book is the way he lets other people tell their stories. Whenever a patient’s experience can illustrate his point, there is one. Often there are a few. Towards the end of the book there are several that will uplift you, empower you, and one in particular that will break your heart. Phil is not one to shy away from NHS failure; he wants us to know what to look out for, what to be wary of, as well as when to know that we are being cared for safely and well. He knows that only by being informed about what to watch out for can we, together with the people who work within the organization, make the NHS the brilliant thing it can and should be. The brilliant thing it mostly is. Every home should have a copy of Staying Alive. I wish he’d written it before I started my patient journey. I’m glad you have it before you start yours.’

Wendy Lee, writer and patient leader

 

With decades of clinical experience, an eye for the absurd and a creative way with mnemonics Phil Hammond is also a very good writer. Staying Alive is suffused with carefully chosen patients’ narratives which are much more than illustrative tinsel – they make the messages stick. At its serious heart this book is about safety, community, humanity and how to live. It’s full of memorable stories about what we can all do to keep ourselves, those we care for and those with whom we have no more than the most fleeting bus stop acquaintance, safe from harm. And a timely reminder to clock up at least 5 daily portions of fun (some of them with your GP, perhaps). Highly recommended

Sue Ziebland, Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the Health Experiences Research Group, Oxford

 

Phil has become trip-advisor, tour-guide, navigator and the writer of a new bible on good-care, bad-care and a general what’s-what in the NHS. We expect Phil to be light hearted and in this book, he is. We expect him to be razor sharp and he is. We expect him to know a thing or two about being a doctor and he does. Everything we expect is in this book and more. From your legal rights to the right way to approach a doctor (shake his hand), this book has it all. Life style advice, healthy living and what to do when it all goes wrong. From common-sense to cervical-screening. Chronic diseases and the time when pull yourself together might not be a bad idea.

Do we ever really know what care we should be getting? Few do. This book will make sure there are a good few more! There are real life tragedies in this book, patient experiences alongside good news of the success the NHS delivers on a daily basis. This book should be on prescription, required reading for every family in the land and be on the top shelf of the medicine cabinet. This book has it all. It is the Swiss Army Knife book of the NHS. Prepared for everything.

Roy Lilley, health writer, commentator and carer

 

‘I read it cover to cover in three days; it’s a brilliant book which all of us should read – patients and professionals.’

Dr Alf Collins, specialist in chronic pain and person-centred care

 

‘Enjoyable and very accessible, Hammond makes the argument for a new relationship between the patient /public and the NHS very powerfully. This argument is in my view vital for the future sustainability of the NHS and good health. CLANGERS is an approach to managing our own health and healthcare that could help the NHS and the people it serves’

Sir David Nicholson, former chief executive of NHS England and patient

 

 ‘A storming book. Everyone serious about keeping healthy or overcoming serious ill health should read this book. The call to patients to look after themselves and sort themselves out without NHS intervention is a powerful one.’

David Grant, cancer survivor and patient leader

 

“Dr Phil Hammond has the prescription for a healthier life for you and has some pretty good ideas on how the NHS could be improved for all of us. Recommended.”

 Marian Nicholson, Director, Herpes Viruses Association.

 

Want to get the best from the NHS? How many strong, independent adults turn to shy, tongue-tied patients, and don’t ask questions for fear of seeming presumptuous. I did when my kids were ill – and I’m a doctor! Now Dr Phil Hammond has written a fabulous practical guide in his book Staying Alive – how to get the best from the NHS. Like me, he loves the NHS – but he knows we all need some help to navigate our way through it.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP, writer and doctor for The One Show and www.patient.co.uk

“If you use the NHS (i.e. all of you), you MUST read this book. If you’re a doctor you NEED to read this book. If you’re an NHS manager this book is VITAL”.

Dr Chris Steele, GP and doctor for ITV’s This Morning

“To describe “Staying Alive” as a bidet revolution does not do it justice. It is more colonic irrigation than bidet. Dr Phil wants to turn the NHS upside down and wash out the bureaucratic complexity that both infuriates and disempowers. He wants patients to be informed and powerful not ignorant and grateful. Ironically, he believes that it will be patients that save the NHS. Amen to that! ”

David Prior, Chair, Care Quality Commission

“Ever kicked yourself for not being clued up before going through something risky and serious? For missing opportunities to prevent something bad from happening? Phil Hammond’s here to run with you on a journey of powerful stories, stats and wisdom. The destination? An activated and informed patient that can see the big picture, ready to support those around them, and ready for the NHS.”

“This gives you a good understanding of what it’s like to be a patient, what you need and can do to get it right, and what doctors are afraid to tell you but wish you knew. Hammond says that falling into illness is like falling in a river, which ‘can lead to numbness, anger, denial and confusion. But when you’re ready, you need to stop treading water and learn how to swim.’ This is just how to do that, stop yourself from getting in the river in the first place, and best ask the NHS boat to pull you aboard.”

“Want to get an insight into what it’s like to be a patient? Want to be a better patient? Want to support patients better? Read this book. It also tells you how to stay alive and well. And that care workers and carers should not be meek and mild. We are advocates. This sums up the book – a manual on how to advocate for yourself and those you love.”

Tom Stocker, patient and activist





July 25, 2010

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Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Phil @ 2:00 pm

Dr Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, Private Eye journalist, campaigner & comic – launches his campaign to become Health Secretary with two funny & thought-provoking Edinburgh Fringe shows.

DR PHIL HAMMOND 

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

A Dr Phil Double Bill

August 2-25 The Great Health Con

6.05-7.05 PM,   Symposium Hall, @theSpace Venue 43
Prices:             £12/ concessions £10.   2 for 1 Friends of Fringe
Venue BO:      0131 510 2385
Fringe BO:      0131 226 0000
Suitable for 14+

Description

In “The Great Health Con”, Dr Phil ponders why we spend trillions on ‘health’ when, like Brexit, no one can agree what it means. So who’s conning who? The causes of poor health have less to do with what’s going on inside our bodies and more to do with who’s shitting in our heads. Advertising, Inequality, Big Pharma, Bad Porn…

Dr Phil, perhaps unwisely, uses his own mental and sexual health as examples. And his favourite drug is kindness – it works for everyone and it’s very hard to get the dose wrong. So why do we still treat poverty with statins and alienation with anti-depressants? And who’s most likely to kill you; doctors, druids or the DUP? It’s time to take back control of our health. Together, and free from bullshit.

Tickets on sale here

August 2-24  Vote Dr Phil?

(not 6, 14, 15, 20)

21.30-22.55 PM, Fleming Theatre, @theSpace Venue 54

Prices:             £12/ concessions £10.  2 for 1 Friends of Fringe
Venue BO:      0131 510 2384
Fringe BO:      0131 226 0000
Suitable for 14+

Description

In “Vote Dr Phil?”, Phil charts his ill-considered plan to topple his MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, before having a pop at Health Secretary. His campaign got off to a glorious start when he was sacked by the BBC for broadcasting to potential constituents. Undeterred, Dr Phil has made a thorough diagnosis of our terminal political system and has some radical solutions to put the pulse, hope and compassion back into public service and public services. Come hear his People’s Plan for the NHS, support Decent Jobs and Deaths For All and join The Popular Front Against All Things Bad. In the case of a snap election, this show may be retrospective. In the case of somebody discovering photos of what he really got up to at medical school, Dr Phil may abruptly retire from politics citing ill health.

Tickets on sale here

NOTE: Dr Phil is a properly accredited NHS associate specialist whose patients and peers rate very highly. He is also a deeply flawed individual prone to lies and lapses of judgement. He lives but a condom’s throw away from Jacob Rees-Mogg.

“If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre” The Times ****

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

“Hugely enjoyable, well crafted, poignant stand up” Broadway Baby 2016 ****

“Hammond is a passionate rabble rouser and impressively positive…. the perfect health secretary” Fest Magazine 2016 ****

“Very funny, honest, clever and moving. Passionate about the NHS” Dr Clive Peedell, founder National Health Action Party

Here’s my previous show, ‘Life and Death…. but Mainly Death’

It’s my most personal show, with a few harsh truths, home truths and lies for laughs. But there are lots of positive health messages too. Feel free to share

For all other enquiries, please contact Shelley Devlin at the Richards Stone Partnership shelley@vivienneclore.com, 0207 497 0849

Biog

Dr Phil Hammond can talk seriously or humorously, and usually both,  about any health and lifestyle topic. He has been an NHS doctor for 32 years, a comedian for 23 years, a BBC broadcaster for 29 years and Private Eye’s medical correspondent for 27 years. He qualified as a doctor in 1987, was a part time GP for 20 years, spent 5 years in sexual health and currently works as an associate specialist in paediatrics in an NHS team helping young people with chronic fatigue. Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2, and has appeared many times on Have I Got News For You, the News Quiz, the Now Show and Countdown.

Phil has been a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol. As a journalist, he broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992, and gave evidence to the subsequent Public Inquiry. In 2012, Phil and Andrew Bousfield were shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for investigative journalism for their Private Eye special report on the shocking treatment of NHS whistle-blowers, Shoot the Messenger. He has twice been named in the top 100 NHS Clinical Leaders by the Health Service Journal, and was voted Teacher of the Year by the medical students of Birmingham University. He was revalidated by the GMC in 2018 with the best patient satisfaction ratings his appraiser had ever seen (largely down to the fact that he is the only doctor in the NHS who gives 90-minute appointments)

With David Spicer, Phil wrote 5 series of the medico-political satire ‘Polyoaks’ for Radio 4, and five books including ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘Sex, Sleep or Scrabble?.’ Phil was half of the award-winning comedy junior doctor double act Struck Off and Die with Tony Gardner, and has done four UK solo comedy tours, teaching audiences how to pleasure themselves sensibly and take the pressure off the NHS. His show, ‘Happy Birthday NHS?’ celebrates its 70th birthday and provides a road map for its salvation. It toured in 2018.

Phil presented his own BBC Radio Bristol show for 12 years, ‘Dr Phil’s Saturday Surgery’ before being sacked by the BBC in August 2018 for tweeting that he would stand against his local MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, at the next election. Having previously been assured he would only have to stand down during purdah, the BBC did a U-turn when they realised Rees-Mogg could demand his own radio show to broadcast to constituents. This story, and Phil’s subsequent campaign to become health secretary, is featured in Phil’s 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show Vote Dr Phil? His other fringe show, The Great Health Con, explores how and why we spend trillions pursuing ‘health’ without understanding what it means. Phil speaks widely on the daily habits of health – CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, (be) Active, Notice, Give back, Eat well, Relax, Sleep – and tries to practice what he preaches.

Phil has been married to Jo, a GP, for 26 years and she is the main reason he is so healthy. They live in North East Somerset, just a condom’s throw away from Jacob Rees-Mogg. His hat is still in the ring to stand at the next election as an independent candidate promoting intelligent kindness and health for all.

GET THE CLANGERS HABIT AND SAVE THE NHS

The daily habits of healthy, happy people are easy to say but harder to do. Try to do your daily CLANGERS, and help others to do theirs. Changes in lifestyle are far more powerful than any drug we have to offer.

My review in The Times of Dr Rachel Clarke’s riveting medico-political memoir ‘Your Life in My Hands’, which details the pressures felt by NHS junior doctors working in an unsafe system, and the desperation that lead them to strike.  Uncomfortable reading for Jeremy Hunt and the BMA

SUPPORTING JUNIOR DOCTORS

A SEVEN DAY NHS NEEDS MORE STAFF AND FUNDING TO BE SAFE AND HUMANE

Here’s my BBC NEWS interview about junior doctors. You can’t have a ‘truly 7 day NHS’ without truly 7 day funding and 7 day safe staffing levels. For junior doctors alone it would require another 4,000 to have the same high quality, safe care 7 days a week – you can’t just stretch 5 days’ staffing over 7. the same applies to all other groups of NHS staff. The 7 day NHS is an aspiration that will take time, training, inspiration and involvement to achieve.  It can’t be brutally imposed to a political deadline with no funding or staffing.

WHISTLEBLOWING IN THE NHS

Has anything really changed since 2011? Has any NHS whistle-blower been compensated or reinstated? Is it any safer to blow the whistle in the NHS?

‘Shoot the Messenger’ – a Private Eye special investigation by Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield into how NHS whistle-blowers are silenced and sacked was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism 2011. Available to download here

TO BOOK A SHOW FOR ANOTHER VENUE, AND FOR ALL OTHER INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT SHELLEY DEVLIN OR VIVIENNE CLORE AT shelley@vivienneclore.com, vivienne@vivienneclore.com, 0207 497 0849

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Dr Phil Hammond

NEW BOOK

Staying Alive – How to get the best from the NHS – is full of inspirational stories from patients and carers and glued together with my own reflections of working in, thinking about and investigating the NHS over 30 years. You can read the reviews or add your own tips and tactics here

‘This is a fantastic book about how to live well. Phil Hammond’s goes beyond the usual tips about diet and exercise – we hear about the power of positive thinking, as well as how to get the best out of the health service. And this book is packed with real stories – from people who have become survival experts through their own experiences. Their stories are heartwarming, enlightening and useful.

Phil Hammond has a knack of being brutally honest and very funny at the same time. This is quite simply the most useful book about health and the health service that I’ve ever read.’

Professor Alice Roberts BSc MB BCh PhD Hon.FBAASc
Anatomist, author & broadcaster
Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham
www.alice-roberts.co.uk

NEW BOOK and EBOOK – WHAT DOCTORS REALLY THINK

AVAILABLE HERE

“This is a real find; funny, poignant, thoughtful, worrying, reassuring, and so good it should be on prescription.”
–Roy Lilley @RoyLilley

“Smart and funny, Phil Hammond is the perfect way to inoculate yourself against the nonsense which passes for most health commentary.”
–Alastair McLellan – Editor, Health Service Journal @HSJEditor

“A fascinating insider’s history of the past sixteen years of the NHS. This wise, witty and often moving diary reveals what really went on behind the political and managerial bluster. So well written it turned me into a compulsive page turner.”
–Dr Michael O’Donnell, author of The Barefaced Doctor, a Mischievous Medical Companion

With cartoons by Fran Orford

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PREVIOUS TOURS

‘GAMES TO PLAY WITH YOUR DOCTOR’  CLIP

 

Phil Hammond is an NHS doctor, campaigner, health writer, investigative journalist, broadcaster, speaker and comedian. He has done all these jobs imperfectly and part-time since 1987, and was also a lecturer in medical communication at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol. As a doctor, Phil worked part time in general practice for over 20 years, and has also worked in sexual health. He currently works in a specialist NHS team for young people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.

Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2, and has been a presenter for BBC Radio Bristol since 2007. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent, broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992 and gave evidence to the subsequent Public Inquiry. In 2012, he was shortlisted with Andrew Bousfield for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Investigative Journalism for ‘Shoot the Messenger,’ a Private Eye investigation into the shocking treatment of NHS whistle-blowers. In 2014 and 2015, he was voted a Top 100 NHS Clinical Leader by the Health Service Journal. He has fiercely supported NHS junior doctors in their battle with the government against an imposed, untested and potentially unsafe new job contract.

As a comedian, Phil was half of the award winning double-act Struck Off and Die, with Tony Gardner. He has done three solo UK tours and is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 with two shows – Life and Death (But Mainly Death) and Dr Phil’s NHS Revolution. Phil has appeared many times on Have I Got News for You and Countdown. His NHS comedy, Polyoaks, is written with David Spicer and has had three series on BBC Radio 4. He is a columnist for Telegraph Men and Reveal, and writes comment pieces for the Times. Phil is a patron of Meningitis UK, the Doctors’ Support Network, the Herpes Viruses Association,  PoTS, the NET Patient Foundation and Kissing It Better.

Phil has never belonged to any political party but was highly critical of the Health and Social Care Bill (now Act) in a BBC1 Question Time debate with then health secretary Andrew Lansley. He said the reforms were ‘wonk’, there was no convincing narrative explaining the reasons for the changes and that the focus on competition rather than the collaboration and co-operation needed for an integrated service.

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Phil has written  five books – Medicine Balls, Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? ‘What do Doctors Really Think?’ and ‘Staying Alive – How to Get the Best from the NHS’.

Phil was revalidated by the GMC in September 2013. Below is the feedback from his colleagues and patients for my revalidation 360_feedback_Dr_Philip_Hammond[1]

Real time reviews of my consultations from patients and parents can be found here

My NHS work is as part of a specialist NHS team in Bath, treating young people with severe fatigue, based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Details of the service we offer are here. Good advice on accessing specialist CFS/ME services and treatments available can be found via the the Action for ME website

 I can’t give any personal medical advice via this site, and I don’t do any private practice.

 

Praise for Dr Phil’s comedy

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

 “Tough on doctors, patients and politicians. And he’s funny.” The Telegraph

“Sceptical, irreverent, very funny and like a mighty gush of fresh air in a field that’s bedevilled with cover ups and cloaked in a vow of silence” Time Out

“Generates dozens of laughs and more ire than any amount of tentative taboo-breaching” The Financial Times

                                    ‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ **** The Times

‘Consistently funny’ *****  The Sunday Telegraph

“You’ll never see a doctor in quite the same way again.” ***** The Scotsman

  Galaxy 749Born in the NHS

To read Phil’s Private Eye columns, written under the pseudonym MD, click on… er… Private Eye.

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These action shots were taken in 1988, by photographer Homer Sykes, when glasses were riduclously big and babies were ridiculously slippery.

Dr Phil and Dr Tony, then and now

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Struck Off and Die’s first ever performance, Bristol, 1990

Dr Tony’s Braineater, Berkley Brasserie Bristol 1990

Dr Phil’s First Stand-Up, Berkley Brasserie, Bristol 1990





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