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The Waiting Room With Dr Alex

One of the nation’s most popular TV doctors, Alex George, speaks to healthcare professionals who have gone above and beyond to care for their patients. An A&E doctor at the height of this pandemic, Alex talks to an inspiring range of guests, giving us unique insight and exclusive access to those who often work in dangerous or austere environments. This series is about celebrating healthcare heroes and telling their stories. If you want to get in touch, please email askdralexgeorge@gmail.com

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Finding Purpose Through Sport with Jack Fincham

TV reality star and winner of Love Island 2018, Jack Fincham, joins Dr Alex to explain how his passion for boxing has improved his mental health and helped to kick start a whole new career. Jack reflects on how sparring in the ring has given him back his confidence and made him feel positive about life. He chats with Alex about how you, too, could use sport to regain focus and find purpose. If you would like to get in touch to share your own experiences or ask a question, look for Dr Alex on Instagram or email askdralexgeorge@gmail.com Thank you to Co-op Health for sponsoring this series of The Waiting Room. Don’t forget to download the Co-op Health app today.

25mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Diabetes, acne scars & migraines (feat. Dr Anjali Mahto)

Skin expert, Dr Anjali Mahto, joins Doctors Alex and Ella to answer a listener’s question on how to treat acne. Hear about Alex’s own experiences and discover the best ways to cleanse and care for your skin. What’s the point of washing your hands? Can a migraine kill you? Is ice good for a bruise? Our medics give you the answers to the questions you’ve been asking the internet this week.

30mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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Breast Reduction, HIIT Training & Moles (feat. Danielle Peazer)

Doctors Alex and Ella welcome professional dancer Daniella Peazer to the studio, to talk about the dos and don'ts of HIIT Training. Plus, we hear from a listener who is thinking about breast reduction surgery and what questions you've been asking the internet this week. It's time for an appointment!

26mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Wellness, Fitness Goals & Healthy Workouts (feat. Luke Diggs & Amelia Bath)

This week, Doctors Alex and Ella meet health, fitness and nutrition expert Luke Diggs, personal coach and mentor from the Workhouse in Cambridgeshire. Alex reminisces about his time at the luxury retreat along with his girlfriend, professional dancer, Amelia Bath. They talk about the YOU-ness training programme, where fitness sessions are tailored to the individual, and how this can help to boost mental health, too. Plus, we find out the best place to put your mobile phone at night and whether eating mouldy bread is a good idea. It’s your last chance to enter the competition to WIN a luxury weekend retreat, thanks to show sponsors, the Workhouse. Get your entry in before Wednesday 28 August at 11.59pm. For all the details and full terms and conditions, please visit www.theworkhouse.com/thewaitingroom

39mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Men’s Health, Gold Stars & Smelly Feet (feat. Iain Stirling)

The Voice of Love Island, comedian Iain Stirling, is the special guest for this final episode of the series. He joins Doctors Alex and Ella for a frank discussion on men’s health, talking about how to check yourself for lumps and bumps and not being embarrassed to seek medical help. Iain also shares his thoughts on millennials, golds stars and lie ins. Check in for your appointment! Thanks to the Workhouse in Cambridgeshire for sponsoring this series of The Waiting Room. If you’re looking for a luxury weekend retreat and a chance to focus on you, go to www.theworkhouse.com to find out more.

42mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Social Media, Reality TV & Mental Health (feat. Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt)

Love Island stars Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt join Doctors Alex and Ella to discuss the pressures of instant fame. What’s it like to suddenly be the centre of media attention? How does it affect your emotional well-being? What kind of support do you need? They’ll answer your questions and give tips on the best way to have a healthy relationship with social media. Trigger warning: contains references to suicide. If you're in the UK and in need of someone to talk to someone, call The Samaritans on 116 123. For those outside the UK, you can call: Argentina: 02234930430 Australia: 131114 Austria: 017133374 Belgium: 106 Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05 Botswana: 3911270 Brazil: 212339191 Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal) Croatia: 014833888 Denmark: +4570201201 Egypt: 7621602 Finland: 010 195 202 France: 0145394000 Germany: 08001810771 Holland: 09000767 Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000 Hungary: 116123 India: 8888817666 Ireland: +4408457909090 Italy: 800860022 Japan: +810352869090 Mexico: 5255102550 New Zealand: 045861048 Norway: +4781533300 Philippines: 028969191 Poland: 5270000 Russia: 0078202577577 Spain: 914590050 South Africa: 0514445691 Sweden: 46317112400 Switzerland: 143 USA: 18002738255

36mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Sexual health, broken hearts & rollerblades

This special episode is the first one Dr Alex ever recorded with his friend and colleague, Dr Ella Daniels. They talk all things sexual health, look at signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases and explain why it’s so important to get tested. Plus, we hear from a listener who’s afraid of intimacy and our medics challenge each other to answer some of the questions you’ve been asking the internet.

19mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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ADHD, Fighting Trolls & Hair Dye (feat. Amelia Bath)

Dr Alex is here to answer your questions, along with his best mate from medical school, Dr Ella Daniels. They’re joined by Alex’s girlfriend, professional dancer, Amelia Bath, back by popular demand to help our medics tackle some of the health dilemmas bothering you this week. Does beer make you fat? Can hair dye damage your scalp? Why do you burp? Answers to all these and more. Thanks to the Workhouse, the luxury retreat dedicated to you, for sponsoring this series of The Waiting Room. Make time for you and visit theworkhouse.com

29mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Live at #GramFam (feat. Simon Gunning & Alissa Khan-Whelan)

This week’s special show comes from Instagram’s #GramFam Live event in London, a campaign to promote positive mental health in young people, working with charities CALM and The Mix. Doctors Alex and Ella meet Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably – and one of the founders of Instagram phenomenon World Record Egg, Alissa Khan-Whelan. They’ll talk about some of the ways social media can help you and what you can do to manage exam stress. They'll be answering your questions on revision, keeping on top of your studies and how to get through exam season. You can read the latest #GramFam Zine on Instagram by heading to @thecalmzone and @themixuk Trigger warning: contains references to suicide. If you're in the UK and in need of someone to talk to someone, you can contact CALM on 0800 585858 or call The Samaritans on 116 123. For those outside the UK, you can call: Argentina: 02234930430 Australia: 131114 Austria: 017133374 Belgium: 106 Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05 Botswana: 3911270 Brazil: 212339191 Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal) Croatia: 014833888 Denmark: +4570201201 Egypt: 7621602 Finland: 010 195 202 France: 0145394000 Germany: 08001810771 Holland: 09000767 Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000 Hungary: 116123 India: 8888817666 Ireland: +4408457909090 Italy: 800860022 Japan: +810352869090 Mexico: 5255102550 New Zealand: 045861048 Norway: +4781533300 Philippines: 028969191 Poland: 5270000 Russia: 0078202577577 Spain: 914590050 South Africa: 0514445691 Sweden: 46317112400 Switzerland: 143 USA: 18002738255

31mins

9 May 2019

Rank #9

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Weight Loss, Sleep Routines & Lost Voices (feat. Rhiannon Lambert)

Special guest, Rhiannon Lambert, nutritionist, author and broadcaster, gives her top tips on how to keep your plate colourful when choosing every day foods. Doctors Alex and Ella learn the best way to calculate calories and stay healthy, and there's meal advice for a rugby playing listener who wants to keep match fit. Plus, how much water should you drink every day and is it ok to have fruit for pudding? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Thanks to the Workhouse, the luxury retreat dedicated to you, for sponsoring this series of The Waiting Room. Make time for you and visit theworkhouse.com

36mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Exam Results, Body Positivity & Mosquitoes (feat. Vicky Pattison)

Reality star, TV presenter and former Queen of the Jungle, Vicky Pattison, brings an energetic vibe to The Waiting Room as she joins our medics, Doctors Alex and Ella, as this week’s special guest. She reveals all about her recovery from heart break and shares her wisdom on how to cope with tragic life events. Vicky’s brought to tears by a listener question and offers candid advice on how to be body positive. Along with Alex and Ella, she’ll also help to shed light on some of the curious medical things you’ve been asking the internet. Plus, there’s a chance for you to WIN a luxury weekend retreat with Dr Alex, thanks to show sponsors, the Workhouse. There’ll be 2 lucky winners. Each of you will be able to bring up to three friends to stay in one of the luxury historic cottages and you’ll get your very own YOU-ness programme of workouts. The retreat will take place on Friday 27 September from 6pm and you’ll be there ALL weekend until 8pm on Sunday 29 September. To enter, all you have to do is answer this question: What was Alex known as on Love Island in 2018? Was it:                          A) Love Dentist B) Love Doctor C) Love Vet Text the word RETREAT to 80252, followed by your answer – A, B or C. Each entry will cost £3 plus 1 message at your standard network rate. 20p from each entry will be donated to TEENS UNITE FOR CANCER. The competition is open, so get texting! You can enter up to 4 times a day and you’ve got until Wednesday 28 August at 11.59pm to get your entries in. Entries after this time will not be counted but may still be charged…and remember you must be over 18 when you enter. For all the details and full terms and conditions, please visit www.theworkhouse.com/thewaitingroom Don't forget, if you have a health question you'd like to ask Alex, send an email or voice memo to askdralexgeorge@gmail.com

35mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Flaky skin, Facing Fear & Spiders (feat. Dr Sarah Vohra)

Special guest, The Mind Medic, Doctor Sarah Vohra, gives Alex and Ella some top tips on how you can spot the signs of mental health issues in others. A psychiatrist specialising in children and young people, Dr Sarah shares practical ways to support someone who may be struggling at home, in school, or in the workplace. What questions have you been asking the internet this week? Find out if coffee is bad for your kidneys, if it’s possible to get over phobias and whether you can cure hay fever. Book your appointment now!

33mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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Cosmetic Fillers, Vitamin Drips & Tennis

Doctors Alex and Ella join forces for this special episode to help one teen listener with a dilemma over eating healthily at school. There’s advice on cosmetic procedures and our medical duo look at other ways to make you feel body positive. They’ll also tackle some of the questions you’ve been asking the internet this week, including busting some myths about recreational IV drips. Thanks to the Workhouse, the luxury retreat dedicated to you, for sponsoring this series of The Waiting Room. Make time for you and visit www.theworkhouse.com

22mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Simple Lifestyle Hacks for Health and Happiness with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Dr Alex is back for a third series of The Waiting Room, with expert guests and celebrities, to help you find inspiring ways to improve your health and wellbeing. He’s joined by GP, author and fellow podcaster, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, who has his own unique 360 degree approach to health. January is traditionally a time when we set ourselves fresh goals but how do we make sure we stick to our plans? Dr Rangan shows how easy it can be to feel good and become healthier with easy steps that take just 5 minutes a day. By committing to them and making them part of our existing routine, we will start to see a real difference in how we feel. If you want to get in touch with a question or tell us how you’ve put some of today’s tips into practice, just say hello on Instagram, or email askdralexgeorge@gmail.com Thank you to Co-op Health for sponsoring this series of The Waiting Room. Don’t forget to download the Co-op Health app today.

35mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Fibromyalgia, Cervical Screening & Leaky Bladders (feat. Dr Anita Mitra)

Special guest, the Gynae Geek, Dr Anita Mitra joins Alex and Ella with some straight talking, no nonsense advice on women’s health. An NHS gynaecologist, author and expert in vaginal health, she’s on a mission to give reliable information and get people talking without embarrassment. Anita helps answer a listener’s question on cervical screening and explains why you should be cautious when it comes to intimate washes. We’ll also discover what topics you’ve been asking the internet this week. If there’s a health topic you want to ask Dr Alex about, you can get in touch by sending an email or voice memo to askdralexgeorge@gmail.com Don’t forget, there’s a chance for you to WIN a luxury weekend retreat with Dr Alex, thanks to show sponsors, the Workhouse. Get your entry in before Wednesday 28 August at 11.59pm. For all the details and full terms and conditions, please visit www.theworkhouse.com/thewaitingroom

37mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #15