Find out more about Dr Hilary
Get to know our Daybreak and Lorraine resident Doctor - Hilary Jones.
I qualified in 1976 at the Royal Free Hospital in London having studied Arts subjects to A level and then converting to a 6 year medical degree.
In 1979 I worked for a year as the single-handed medical officer on Tristan da Cunha, the most isolated inhabited island in the world. In 1981 I worked as a troubleshooting GP and emergency doctor for the oil industry at Sullom Voe in Shetland for Offshore Medical Support.
I became a Principal in General practice and a GP Trainer in the early 1980's. I also worked as a Senior House Officer in Ophthalmology before entering general practice, assisting in Glaucoma and Cataract extraction procedures and learning the science of refraction.
I then began presenting educational medical TV programmes for British Medical TV in 1986. Sky TV then adopted these programmes for their news bulletins soon after. In 1989 I joined the most successful TV breakfast station ever, TVAM. I am now the Health Editor for breakfast television.
I've written several books including ‘Before You Call The Doctor, ‘What’s The Alternative?’, ‘Your Child’s Health’, ‘I’m Too Busy To Be Stressed’, ‘Total Well Being’ and ‘Natures Remedies’. My first novel, ‘What’s Up Doc?’ was published in August 2009. Recently I launched my first app for iPhone and iPad on pregnancy.
I regularly contribute to the Steve Wright Show on Radio 2, Radio 5 Live, and also write for Fabulous Magazine and Rosemary Conley magazine.
I'm still a practicing GP and a great believer in the health benefits of physical fitness. I personally demonstrate this by playing squash, running and working out. In the past I have run in the New York Marathon, The Great North Run, and a swam across Lake Windermere. I also participated in the Great South Run for the Alzheimer’s Society in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I also took part in ITV’s Dancing on Ice in January 2010.
I have appeared on Countdown, 10 Mile Challenge cookery programme and judged Britain’s Best Dish. I also appeared on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and won £75,000 for Meningitis Research Foundation.
I have five children, the eldest of whom is also a doctor... only considerably more intelligent and significantly better looking!