London GP fronts health TV show The Cure

A north London GP took a step back from frontline NHS work to present two TV programmes on health innovations in El Salvador.

Dr Louise Pealing (right) in The Cure (photo: Aljazeera)
Dr Louise Pealing (right) in The Cure (photo: Aljazeera)

Dr Louise Pealing, who divides her normal working week between general practice and clinical research for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, travelled to South America to front the programmes for TV channel Aljazeera.

The programmes presented by Dr Pealing are part of Aljazeera series The Cure, which airs on Freeview channel 83 and Sky channel 514. One episode by the London GP has already aired, and covers cervical screening in rural communities. A second episode, out later this month, covers disaster risk reduction.

Dr Pealing said: 'From a professional point of view it was an amazing opportunity to step outside my day-to-day practice and see some of the wonderful innovations happening in medicine. It’s quiet easy for us to get bogged down in the daily ‘grind’ of our jobs, but this was a chance to see the benefits of medicine in action – and to feel that, as a doctor, you were part of a bigger picture of people who are trying to advance and improve things for the greater good.'

Read more on Dr Pealing in the 24 June edition of GP magazine, online and in our iPad edition.

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