GP becomes YouTube hit with weekly health videos

A GP has become a YouTube hit, clocking up thousands of views with his informative weekly videos on a range of health-related topics.

Dr Ricky Gondhia: YouTube sensation
Dr Ricky Gondhia: YouTube sensation

Dr Ricky Gondhia, a salaried GP at Crayford Town Surgery, in Bexley, London, fronts the One Click Clinic, a series of YouTube videos on topics from breast cancer to alcohol, for the women's lifestyle channel Body Talk Daily.

His most popular video on cold and flu so far has 12,114 hits after it was uploaded last December.

Dr Gondhia said: ‘I’m always looking at ways of reaching patients beyond the limitations of day-to-day surgery work and this is a great medium to do that.

‘It’s not about blinding people with science but providing clear informative advice which people can act on.’

Click here to watch one of Dr Gondhia's videos

The Tottenham fan is no stranger to the limelight after appearing on several episodes of the BBC documentary City Hospital, filmed at Guy's Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital in central London from 1998 until 2007.

‘I thought I had a glittering career in television lined up when I appeared on several episodes of City Hospital,’ he said. ‘I had to visit people's houses and recommend changes they could make to improve their health. This included a student house where my sister was living with a fridge of out-of-date food, festering piles of washing up and mould all over the bathroom. It was my brief flirt with the big time before becoming a GP.’

His most recent brush with fame came when he donned a fluorescent rain coat and danced with an umbrella as part of a group of performers taking part in the Paralympics opening ceremony last September. He also volunteered as a GP for the Olympics at Greenwich Park where the equestrian events were held.

Dr Gondhia taking part in the Paralympics opening ceremony

He was approached by a production company to take part in the online clinics after they heard about his previous television work.

So what is his favourite thing about being a GP? ‘I really love chatting to patients,' he said. 'It's a privilege to be allowed into people's lives and really rewarding when you know you have helped someone for the better. The variety is great too. You really don't know what will come through the door next and this keeps me on my toes.’

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