I trained as a GP and worked as one for 20 years before retraining as an associate specialist in the young people's specialist Chronic Fatigue/ME service at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Fountation trust in Bath (the Mineral Hopsital). We work as a team of doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, support staff and managers under the leadership of Dr Esther Crawley. I also work as a health writer for Reveal magazine, the Times and the Daily Telegraph, an investigative journalist on health matters for Private Eye magazine, under the pseudonym MD, a broadcaster for BBC Radio Bristol and an occasional TV presenter (e.g. Long Live Britain, BBC1, Countdown Channel 4) . I also work as stand up comedian (but always protect patient confidentiality). I am a longstanding campaigner for compassion, safety and transparency in the NHS, a Vice President of the Patients’ Association and a patron of Meningitis UK, the Doctors’ Support Network, the Herpes Viruses Association, Patients First and Kissing It Better. Details of my work outside medicine are available at www.drphilhammond.com
My 13 year old daughter and I saw Dr Hammond about her newly diagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After many months of tests and uncertainty it was great to finally pin down this condition and see someone with in-depth knowledge and a great empathy with how my daughter was feeling. Dr Hammond re-assured her, listened to us both and suggested a plan for the future. We both came away feeling more positive about her diagnosis and future treatment.
I saw Dr. Hammond today and cannot say thanks enough to him, or praise him the amount he deserves. He spoke to my Mum and I about my CFS, went through everything from what it is, why I've been diagnosed, and what we are to do next, with not only a serious, and insightful depth, but also an uplifting, friendly, and hopeful attitude that made me believe I will recover. He's helped me feel a lot more confident with myself, about my future, and spoke with me, and listened to a lot of history, without me feeling under pressure of time or judgement. It was definitely an in depth discussion, not a typical diagnosis and dismissal as you get from some doctors.
Thanks for this very thoughtful and supportive feedback. When you have met other members of the team and had a chance to consider how helpful and effective your treatment has been overall, please rate the hospital too. Your letter will be sent to you shortly. If you lose any of the leaflets, they're all available online at http://www.rnhrd.nhs.uk/page/85 If you, or your school, have any questions please contact Heather Hill, team administrator tel. 01225 473425 email firstname.lastname@example.org Best wishes Dr Phil Hammond