Phil Hammond

Phil Hammond is a doctor, writer, broadcaster and comedian. He was twice nominated for the prestigious Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival, and writes Private Eye’s acclaimed medical column. Smart and sceptical Phil’s masterful timing and amusing delivery makes him a sought after speaker; perfect for awards ceremonies, after dinner speeches and facilitator of conferences. Phil’s current humour and anecdotal style makes him a sure fire hit. 

Phil Hammond is a doctor, writer, broadcaster and comedian. Linking humour and healthcare in his stand-ups, sitcoms and speeches, Phil is a unique addition to any event. Working in general practice for over 2 decades, twice nominated for the prestigious Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival, and a writer for Private Eye’s acclaimed medical column since 1992, Phil successful brings together two starkly opposing worlds.

After working as a qualified NHS doctor, and seeing first-hand the failings of the beloved but troubled health service, Phil decided that his wit, once his ploy for sedating stressful medical situations, should become his full-time vocation.

Phil was excellent, engaging and enthralled the audience with a relevant and very amusing stand-up.
Roche Products Ltd

He became half of Struck Off and Die, with whom he had five sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and who were twice selected for the Perrier Pick of the Fringe. The pair also won the Writers’ Guild and Silver Sony Awards for their Radio 4 series. He has since toured solo at the Edinburgh Fringe, written an NHS comedy for Radio 4, Polyoaks, and has appeared on Have I Got News for You numerous times.

In 2002, Phil expanded his radio repertoire with a celebrity gig hosting ‘28 Minutes to Save the NHS’ for Radio 4. The show was eventually rolled out as a show for the Edinburgh Fringe – and sold out.

The media’s medical go-to guy, Phil broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal; gave evidence to the subsequent Public Inquiry and presented five series of ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ on BBC 2.

In 2004 Phil’s first sitcom, ‘Doctors and Nurses, co-written with Nigel Smith, was broadcast on BBC 1, and he has appeared on Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive and The Music Group on Radio 4.

Alongside his medical column and sitcoms, Dr Phil writes comment pieces for The Times, a section in Reveal magazine and is an ardent charity campaigner for numerous medical charities.

A medical professional and brilliant comedian, Dr Phil is a great after-dinner entertainer and astute medical keynote speaker. 

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What people said about Phil Hammond

He was excellent, we enjoyed his quick wit and humour. He held the conference together at the same time as entertaining the audience.
Reflex Communications
Very pleasant and nice to meet him. Very funny, amusing, entertaining and topical.
North West Anaesthesia Ball
We were very pleased with the speaker, his availability to discuss the content with my client before the event and his performance on the evening. Bring more books next time!
Universal CIT Ltd
The event was a great success, your exclusive brand of humour, enthusiasm and dauntlessness contributed greatly towards this.
Doncaster Primary Care trust
Genuine interest and engagement, was prepared to network. Exactly the right tone, funny, pacy and put people at ease.
Association of British Healthcare Industries Ltd
Although the subject was serious, Phil balanced it with an injection of humour. Being a GP himself added credibility and gravitas.
Sceptical, irreverent, very funny and like a mighty gust of fresh air in a field that bedevilled with cover-ups.
Time Out
Phil was excellent, read the audience well and spoke accordingly - I was impressed that he did not rush to finish.
The Kent Local Medical Committee
Professional, hilarious with material clinically applicable in trying to facilitate a cultural change in behaviours.
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Phil really did bring a whole level of humour, professionalism and conversation to the event - really pleased with the end result.
NHS Bedfordshire
A very amusing and intelligent speaker with an good underlying message of happiness and health.
London Market Cargo Dinner
Very good!
Philips Healthcare
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