Top five most unusual GP hobbies in GP Life

Work as a GP is increasingly tough and GPs can find much-needed relief from practice stress in their out-of-work hobbies.

Dr Williams was Amazon in TV's Gladiators
Dr Williams was Amazon in TV's Gladiators

GPonline's Life section features GPs and their unusual hobbies. Below we have compiled a list of our top five most popular.

1. The GP Gladiator: South London GP Dr Zoe Williams developed Fit4Life workshops to inspire educate and motivate children to be healthy and active. But it was her role on ITV's Gladiators that ensures she tops this poll.

2. The GP paraglider: Cardiff GP Dr Kate Baker says paragliding has helped her through some difficult times: 'There are no interruptions and you can put away all the stress of work and life'.

3. The GP clown: South-east London GP Dr David Wheeler is a teacher and clown improvisation facilitator. He says: 'it has become a form of personal development; a way to enhance communication skills and develop self-compassion and resilience, thereby preventing burnout.'

4. The GP dancer: Cheshire GP Dr Rachel Stone is a medal-winning modern jive dancer. She says: 'It's been such a positive thing and has been a constant joy during life's ups and downs for many years.'

5. The RAF GP: East Anglia Wing Commander Dr Gus Cabre flies to work. 'As a GP in the RAF you have a range of jobs,' he says, 'such as occupational therapy, search and rescue, and going to the battlefields to pick up injured army personnel and fly them back to the UK.'

* Do you have an unusual hobby you'd like to feature in GPonline? Email editor Neil Durham at neil.durham@haymarket.com.

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