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"Health is more than the absence of disease, so we tackle topics impacting all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Because we trained as doctors together, are dear friends and believe laughter truly is the best medicine, we find joy discussing the profession we love. It’s like being privy to a conversation that you might otherwise never hear; what goes on "behind the curtains,” while providing clarity and insights to complex issues."


Hosted by Professor Jonathan Sackier, a surgeon and Doctor Nigel Guest, a family practitioner, with their 50 years of joint experience in the medical industry they bring you Join the Docs. A blend of fun and facts, empowering our listeners with news they can use to seek the best healthcare.


After training in surgery in Britain, Jonathan was recruited to America to help introduce laparoscopic “keyhole” surgery. He loved caring for patients, teaching, conducting research and sharing his passion for medicine.‍ Patients’ needs inspired Jonathan to help develop several medical inventions, including the first surgical robot and various devices, diagnostics, drugs and services. Always valuing Nigel’s perspectives, their shared love of science and humour, and driven by the social constraints imposed by Covid, Join the Docs was born over many late-night video calls and virtual cocktail hours!


Nigel grew up in Britain’s ‘Black Country’ zealously to his bizarre accent. A Liverpool University educated doctor, he stoically remained in the country’s northwest building a large National Health Service (NHS) General Practice.‍ Motivated by improving patient care, Nigel increasingly became involved with healthcare management, ultimately becoming CEO of a successful and innovative NHS Commissioning Group, overseeing a £350m budget and leading large-scale cancer care and mental health innovations.‍


Driven by a joint love of education and communication, and believing in the therapeutic power of humour, Nigel and Jonathan have come together at Join the Docs to share experiences, educate and hopefully amuse.


Stay happy, stay healthy, as it beats the alternative. You spend a long time dead.


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Join the Docs Join the Docs

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

"Health is more than the absence of disease, so we tackle topics impacting all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Because we trained as doctors together, are dear friends and believe laughter truly is the best medicine, we find joy discussing the profession we love. It’s like being privy to a conversation that you might otherwise never hear; what goes on "behind the curtains,” while providing clarity and insights to complex issues."


Hosted by Professor Jonathan Sackier, a surgeon and Doctor Nigel Guest, a family practitioner, with their 50 years of joint experience in the medical industry they bring you Join the Docs. A blend of fun and facts, empowering our listeners with news they can use to seek the best healthcare.


After training in surgery in Britain, Jonathan was recruited to America to help introduce laparoscopic “keyhole” surgery. He loved caring for patients, teaching, conducting research and sharing his passion for medicine.‍ Patients’ needs inspired Jonathan to help develop several medical inventions, including the first surgical robot and various devices, diagnostics, drugs and services. Always valuing Nigel’s perspectives, their shared love of science and humour, and driven by the social constraints imposed by Covid, Join the Docs was born over many late-night video calls and virtual cocktail hours!


Nigel grew up in Britain’s ‘Black Country’ zealously to his bizarre accent. A Liverpool University educated doctor, he stoically remained in the country’s northwest building a large National Health Service (NHS) General Practice.‍ Motivated by improving patient care, Nigel increasingly became involved with healthcare management, ultimately becoming CEO of a successful and innovative NHS Commissioning Group, overseeing a £350m budget and leading large-scale cancer care and mental health innovations.‍


Driven by a joint love of education and communication, and believing in the therapeutic power of humour, Nigel and Jonathan have come together at Join the Docs to share experiences, educate and hopefully amuse.


Stay happy, stay healthy, as it beats the alternative. You spend a long time dead.


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    Cardiac Arrest - A Glenn Hoddle Heart to Heart

    Cardiac Arrest - A Glenn Hoddle Heart to Heart

    We’re pumped to bring you this heart-stopping instalment of Join the Docs, where our intrepid hosts, the ever-eloquent Professor Jonathan Sackier and the delightfully droll Doctor Nigel Guest, discuss cardiac arrest. With their trademark blend of wit and wisdom, they dissect the causes of this heart-stopping phenomenon and the absolutely crucial role of CPR and defibrillators in ‘staying alive’.

    Anyone a football fan? Joining them is none other than the football legend Glenn Hoddle, who recounts his own tale of survival. Picture this: one minute, he's fine, the next, he's floored by a cardiac arrest, saved by the swift actions of a quick-thinking bystander with CPR magic in their hands. It's a story so gripping, you'll need to remind yourself to breathe!

    You can heart-ly believe your eyes! As our hosts expertly navigate the treacherous waters of cardiac troubles, they illuminate the stark differences between the sneak-attack of a cardiac arrest and the slow-burn drama of a heart attack. The Docs also introduce the catchy and life-saving mnemonic "5 H's and 5 T's," which sounds like a dance move but could actually help you save a life. You aorta listen!

    But what can you do? Professor Sackier and Doctor Guest, in their infinite jest, remind us that laughter might be the best medicine, but regular health check-ups are a close second. But it’s not all in vein - The Docs champion the superhero potential in all of us through the power of CPR, turning each listener into a potential heart-throb hero.
    So, strap in for an episode that's equal parts educational, entertaining, and utterly exhilarating. Remember with Join the Docs, you're in for a heart-racing good time, and who knows? You might just learn to save a life.

    • 49 min
    The Achilles Heel - Glenn Hoddle, Two Docs and Ten Dons

    The Achilles Heel - Glenn Hoddle, Two Docs and Ten Dons

    In this witty and informative episode of Join The Docs, Professor Jonathan Sackier and Doctor Nigel Guest delve into the world of Achilles tendonitis. They kick off the show by tracing the condition back to its mythological roots: when Achilles was dipped in the River Styx, if his mum had done a better job, The Docs might be out of a job!
    “I didn't think I was going to play ever again.” The Docs welcome a true sporting legend, Glenn Hoddle, sharing his personal battle with tendonitis. Hoddle, known for his magical touch on the football pitch, discusses how tendonitis affected his career. With his trademark wit, he recounted the days when his tendons were more bothersome than a referee on match day. A Tottenham Hotspur legend, Glenn also played for other clubs including Monaco, then went into management at Swindon, Southampton, Wolves, his beloved Spurs and, some “other” London club and also managed the England national team. Now a TV football pundit, Glenn is delighted to join The Docs to tell his story and help others.
    The Docs then dissect the tendon itself, a topic that leads Jonathan to challenge Nigel’s perspectives on human anatomy. Talk of diagnosis  waxes and wanes from fact to a comedy routine with the duo describing  various tests and treatment, with the  role of cold vodka carefully considered.  They segue into treatments, covering how RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) has changed to  PEACE & LOVE…..And if that makes no sense, listen to Join the Docs!
    "But wait, there's more! If you call within the next ten minutes, we'll throw in a free set of crutches!" Surgical options discussion turns into a mock infomercial, with Dr. Guest pretending to sell the idea of surgery as if it were a set of steak knives.
    Do you really have to warm-up before every bit of exercise?  Professor Sackier shares a personal anecdote about the time he mistook a dance-off as a suitable warm-up and ended up doing the "robot" for a week straight due to stiffness. Doctor Guest chimes in with his own tale of using interpretive dance to explain tendonitis to a confused group of medical students.
    The conversation takes a turn to the role of general health in preventing tendonitis, with Dr. Guest suggesting that eating carrots might not help your tendons, but at least you'll see them better.
    How did that happen? Sharing personal experiences turns into a comedy of errors as they recount their most memorable tendonitis cases, including the time Dr. Guest diagnosed a case of "guitar hero wrist" and Prof. Sackier treated a "selfie elbow."
    Ring, ring! The evolution of sports medicine is likened to the evolution of the mobile phone, with The Docs joking that tendon treatments used to be as big and clunky as a 1980s cell phone. The Docs wrap up the episode with tongue-in-cheek advice on tendon care, including a suggestion to avoid activities that involve chasing mythological creatures.
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    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on Join the Docs are those of Dr. Nigel Guest, Jonathan Sackier and other people on our show. Be aware that Join the Docs is not intended to be medical advice, it is for information and entertainment purposes only - please, always take any health concerns to your doctor or other healthcare provider. 
    We respect the privacy of patients and never identify individuals unless they have consented. We may change details, dates, place names and so on to protect privacy. Listening to Join the Docs, interacting on our social media, emailing or writing to us does not establish a doctor patient relationship.
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    • 39 min
    Dogs and Health - Join the Dogs at Join the Docs!

    Dogs and Health - Join the Dogs at Join the Docs!

    Welcome to this tail-wagging edition of Join the Docs, where our esteemed hosts, Professor Jonathan Sackier and Doctor Nigel Guest, embark on a journey through the paw-some world of dogs and their impact on human health. And on social media note that  the Docs are joined by another host, a rather adorable Golden Pootriever as well as his trainer, Slim the Skeleton.
    Did you know that dogs were domesticated between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago? In today's episode, we dig up the bone-afide history of our four-legged friends, tracing their paw prints all the way back to their wolf ancestors. That's right, Snoopy, Toto and Lassie's great-great-great (add a few thousand more greats) grandpup was a wild wolf!
    The Docs will guide you through the kennel of dog breeds, from the noble German Shepherd to the sassy Chihuahua, and into the realm of designer dogs. Ever heard of a Schnoodle or a Whoodle? They're not items on a fast-food menu, but rather adorable hybrids to melt anyone’s heart.
    Sackier and Guest share sticky tales of dog waste disposal—because picking up after your pooch can be a stinky business, but someone's gotta do it. They also debunk the charming myth of Saint Bernards’ and their brandy barrels. Spoiler alert: those rescue dogs don't actually moonlight as bartenders!
    Ever felt your worries melt away when a dog gazes into your soul with those big, loving eyes? Owning a dog can lead to a healthier heart and a stress-free smile. That's not magic; it's science! And let's not forget the incredible assistance dogs provide, from guiding the visually impaired to detecting seizures. These furry angels are more than just pets; they're life-changers.
    But, did you know that dogs can carry certain organisms that are transferable to humans? The Docs also tackle the less cuddly topics of dog-related infections and allergies. But fear not, with responsible pet ownership, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
    So, grab your leash and a doggy treat, and prepare for a howling good time on Join the Docs. And remember, a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than it loves itself. Isn't that something to bark about?
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    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on Join the Docs are those of Dr. Nigel Guest, Jonathan Sackier and other people on our show. Be aware that Join the Docs is not intended to be medical advice, it is for information and entertainment purposes only - please, always take any health concerns to your doctor or other healthcare provider. 
    We respect the privacy of patients and never identify individuals unless they have consented. We may change details, dates, place names and so on to protect privacy. Listening to Join the Docs, interacting on our social media, emailing or writing to us does not establish a doctor patient relationship.
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    • 36 min
    Flatus - Gone With The Wind

    Flatus - Gone With The Wind

    Welcome to this instalment of Join the Docs, where your esteemed and shameless hosts, Nigel and Jonathan, tackle a topic that's been the butt of jokes since time began: the tuneful symphony of the human body, known as flatulence.
    In this gut-busting episode, The Docs delve deep into the bowels of science to unearth the root causes of gas. They uncover everything from the innocuous (like Thursday's bean dinner) to the more ominous rumblings that might signal serious health issues.
    Who could forget the famous farting figures like Dr. Methane? Our hosts share side-splitting (and perhaps nose-pinching) anecdotes about knock-out performers…..as in the smell knocking you right out!
    But this isn't just a run-of-the-mill toot talk. Oh no! Nigel walks us through the annals of history and culture, where flatulence has broken the ice - and wind - since the dawn of civilization.
    Ever wondered why you fart more at 30,000 feet? Jonathan explains the effects of altitude on gas with enough levity to lift you right out of your seat—no helium required.
    Did you know that the average person passes gas 14 to 15 times a day? That's right, you're not alone in your anal artistry, and throughout this episode, our hosts  destigmatize breaking wind, offering advice on when to consult a professional about your potty puffs, and smooth the conversation with fun facts that'll have you reeling.
    So buckle up, or rather loosen your belt, and prepare for a wild ride through the world of wind-breaking. It's an episode of Join The Docs that you'll surely want to let everyone know about—just maybe not in an enclosed space…
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    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on Join the Docs are those of Dr. Nigel Guest, Jonathan Sackier and other people on our show. Be aware that Join the Docs is not intended to be medical advice, it is for information and entertainment purposes only - please, always take any health concerns to your doctor or other healthcare provider. 
    We respect the privacy of patients and never identify individuals unless they have consented. We may change details, dates, place names and so on to protect privacy. Listening to Join the Docs, interacting on our social media, emailing or writing to us does not establish a doctor patient relationship.
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    • 30 min
    Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow - The Bald Truth About Hair Loss: It Isn’t All in Your Head, or on Your Head

    Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow - The Bald Truth About Hair Loss: It Isn’t All in Your Head, or on Your Head

    Are you losing your hair? Don’t wig out because Join the Docs have you covered….well, some of you anyway! Welcome to a particularly hairy, or rather hairless, episode of Join the Docs, where your favourite relatively hairy duo, the ever-charming and knowledgeable Nigel “King of the Comb-over” Guest, alongside his witty and inquisitive co-host Jonathan “Hairgel Hero” Sackierembark on an adventure into the wild and woolly world of hair loss.
    Prepare to be  entertained as the Docs untangle the knotty issue of why your once-lush mane might be thinning, or why it’s in a full retreat. They'll comb through the list of causes, starting with the notorious male pattern baldness, which has men checking their hairlines more often than their watches. Newsflash! Alopecia is not an Irish entertainer but a hair thief…..and women are not immune. Actually, being immune is part of the issue.
    Nigel, recounts a hair-raising tale from his hairdresser about the dreaded hair splinters – yes, they're a thing, and yes, they're as unpleasant as they sound. This gets the docs talking about the more mysterious world of pilonidal cysts, which will have you squirming in your seat. Because hair can also spear your sit-upon and turn your rear end into a volcano; the pulsating pilonidal pit of despair!
    As they brush past the surface, they'll highlight the fascinating cultural and ethnic differences, emphasising the varying patterns of male hair loss across the globe. And, it’s not just about the hair on your head…
    So, what causes baldness? Our hosts shed some light on the genetic side of hair loss, exploring why Uncle Joe can rock a full Elvis doo while you're left squeaky clean (or with a ‘never ending forehead’). They'll dissect the DNA strands that could be the culprits behind your receding hairline, and they'll do it with more puns and laughter than ever before; they just can’t help themselves.
    Worried about your own hairline? Nigel and Jonathan look over the latest and greatest in treatment options, from the tried-and-true to the cutting-edge, giving you hope that your follicular future might yet be wavy,  shiny and bright.
    So, grab your headphones, settle in, and let your hair down (if you've got enough left) for this episode of Join the Docs, where the topic of hair loss gets a full-bodied treatment with a side of chuckles. Whether it's male pattern baldness in women, hair splinters, or the genetic factors in different races, we've got you covered. And don't forget, if you're experiencing hair loss, it's always a good idea to seek medical help.

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    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on Join the Docs are those of Dr. Nigel Guest, Jonathan Sackier and other people on our show. Be aware that Join the Docs is not intended to be medical advice, it is for information and entertainment purposes only - please, always take any health concerns to your doctor or other healthcare provider. 
    We respect the privacy of patients and never identify individuals unless they have consented. We may change details, dates, place names and so on to protect privacy. Listening to Join the Docs, interacting on our social media, emailing or writing to us does not establish a doctor patient relationship.
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    • 31 min
    Hiccups - Want the cure? Don’t hold your breath…

    Hiccups - Want the cure? Don’t hold your breath…

    What are hiccups? In this episode of Join the Docs, our very own Doctor Nigel Guest and Professor Jonathan Sackier look into the surprising and complex world of hiccups. Breaking down all the different things that cause hiccups, and how they are named across the universe,  it’s odd to think it's such a common thing and yet we don't always understand it.
    To kick off the episode, the duo talk about  hiccup triggers, ranging from common culprits like speedy eating and spicy cuisine to emotional stress. Ever wondered what happens to your body when you're feeling the pressure?
    The Docs also address the more serious side of hiccups, dissecting what can happen if you can't stop or if more serious stuff is  going on, like problems with your stomach, liver or brain. They stress how important it is to know when your hiccups might need some real medical attention, not just a glass of upside down water!
    But it's not all doom and gloom! Nigel lightens the mood by sharing some old-school hiccup cures that have been passed down through generations, as well as some totally wacky tricks people have tried to stop the hiccups. From holding one's breath to giving yourself a fright, they explore the spectrum of folk remedies and quirky tactics used to stop those hiccups!
    Want more? Professor Sackier shares fascinating perspectives on hiccup remedies from different cultures. He highlights the diverse ways people around the world tackle hiccups, showing how inventive traditional remedies can be.
    As The Docs wrap things up, they remind everyone that even though hiccups are usually harmless, it's smart to see a doctor if they won't quit.
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    DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on Join the Docs are those of Dr. Nigel Guest, Jonathan Sackier and other people on our show. Be aware that Join the Docs is not intended to be medical advice, it is for information and entertainment purposes only - please, always take any health concerns to your doctor or other healthcare provider. 
    We respect the privacy of patients and never identify individuals unless they have consented. We may change details, dates, place names and so on to protect privacy. Listening to Join the Docs, interacting on our social media, emailing or writing to us does not establish a doctor patient relationship.
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    • 23 min

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