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Join the Docs is a brand new podcast, a blend of fun and facts, empowering our listeners with news they can use to seek the best healthcare.

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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’.
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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!
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#016

Fake Diseases

Sickness or Silliness?

Welcome, dear listeners, to the newest episode of Join The Docs with your favourite medical history buff, Professor Jonathan Sackier, and the ever-erudite Doctor Nigel Guest. Today, with a few sick jokes along the way, they're diving head first into the wild world of diseases, both the bone-a-fide and the baloney!
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#015

Problems Peeing?

Urine Trouble

Have you ever laughed so hard you almost peed yourself? In this uproariously informative episode of Join The Docs, the ever-witty Professor Jonathan Sackier and the hilariously insightful Doctor Nigel Guest dive deep into the riveting world of pee-ology. With the chemistry of a classic comedy duo, they embark on a fluid journey through the golden streams of urination and urinary health.
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#012

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.
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#011

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.
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#010

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” Sackier embark on an adventure into the wild and woolly world of hair loss.
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#009

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.
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#008

Cyberchondria

Don’t Google Your Symptoms!

‘What’s wrong with me Google?’ Welcome to the latest episode of Join The Docs where we dive headfirst into the digital rabbit hole of health and hilarity. In this knee-slapping instalment, we're joined by Professor Jonathan Sackier, as a surgeon, and by his own admission, “always certain, sometimes right” and Doctor Nigel Guest, whose laugh is as infectious as the common cold but, thankfully, much more delightful.
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#007

The Complete Guide to Bruises

Are you Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’?

Ouch that hurt! Welcome to the hilariously informative world of "Bruise Clues," where our hosts, Professor Jonathan Sackier and Doctor Nigel Guest, take you on a tour of bruising. Get ready to giggle as we paint the town red... and black and blue and purple... and yellow!
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#006

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

From Paris to New York, Be Careful Who You Go To Bed With!

How can something so small cause such big headaches? Welcome to another wild ride with your favourite “Persistent Pests,” Nigel and Jonathan. Today, we're diving into the shady underworld of bed bugs. Join Dr Nigel Guest and Professor Jonathan Sackier, who's spent more time than he'd care to admit getting cosy with these bloodsucking bugs.
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#005

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Under Pressure!

Welcome to the AAA-Team's special episode of Join the Docs, and today, we're exploring the explosive world of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) starring your favourite dynamic duo with their trusty sidekick Slim the skeleton! It's no joke - this condition is a big deal, so join Doctor Nigel Guest and Professor Jonathan Sackier and buckle up for a rib-tickling ride through the twists and turns of AAA.
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#004

The Mysteries of Itching

Let Me Scratch that Itch

Why, when one gets an itch, is it almost impossible not to scratch it? Our parents told us not to, but you just can’t help it! How do you tell if it's a harmless scratch or a warning sign of something far more sinister? Professor Jonathan Sackier and Dr. Nigel Guest dive deep into the world of pruritus in this episode of Join the Docs.
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#003

Tired of Being Tired? Insights into Anaemia

How Iron-ic

Ever wondered if there's more to your fatigue than meets the eye? Join Professor Jonathan Sackier and Dr. Nigel Guest as they guide you through the world of anaemia… from the esoteric to the bleeding obvious.
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#002

Do People Really Put Things There?

A Hole in One or Another in a Hole: Orifices Part 2

The hole truth, and nothing but the truth? We’re back to explore the wild world of foreign objects and their unexpected escapades in human orifices! Prof. Jonathan "Egg Plant" Sackier and Doctor Nigel "Ears-n-Nose Detective" Guest, will be exploring all the other holes that people just can’t resist putting things in.
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#001

Why Do People Put Things Up Their Rear Ends?

A Hole in One or One in a Hole; Orifices Part 1

Ever wondered about the bottom line of human anatomy? Prof. Jonathan Sackier and Dr. Nigel Guest take a crack at the complex world of the derrière. They probe the ins and outs of the anal region, exploring its vital role in the body's waste management system, and the potential pitfalls of neglecting this less-than-glamorous area.
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#010

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” Sackier embark on an adventure into the wild and woolly world of hair loss.
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#009

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.
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#008

Cyberchondria

Don’t Google Your Symptoms!

‘What’s wrong with me Google?’ Welcome to the latest episode of Join The Docs where we dive headfirst into the digital rabbit hole of health and hilarity. In this knee-slapping instalment, we're joined by Professor Jonathan Sackier, as a surgeon, and by his own admission, “always certain, sometimes right” and Doctor Nigel Guest, whose laugh is as infectious as the common cold but, thankfully, much more delightful.
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#007

The Complete Guide to Bruises

Are you Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’?

Ouch that hurt! Welcome to the hilariously informative world of "Bruise Clues," where our hosts, Professor Jonathan Sackier and Doctor Nigel Guest, take you on a tour of bruising. Get ready to giggle as we paint the town red... and black and blue and purple... and yellow!
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#006

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

From Paris to New York, Be Careful Who You Go To Bed With!

How can something so small cause such big headaches? Welcome to another wild ride with your favourite “Persistent Pests,” Nigel and Jonathan. Today, we're diving into the shady underworld of bed bugs. Join Dr Nigel Guest and Professor Jonathan Sackier, who's spent more time than he'd care to admit getting cosy with these bloodsucking bugs.
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#005

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Under Pressure!

Welcome to the AAA-Team's special episode of Join the Docs, and today, we're exploring the explosive world of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) starring your favourite dynamic duo with their trusty sidekick Slim the skeleton! It's no joke - this condition is a big deal, so join Doctor Nigel Guest and Professor Jonathan Sackier and buckle up for a rib-tickling ride through the twists and turns of AAA.
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#004

The Mysteries of Itching

Let Me Scratch that Itch

Why, when one gets an itch, is it almost impossible not to scratch it? Our parents told us not to, but you just can’t help it! How do you tell if it's a harmless scratch or a warning sign of something far more sinister? Professor Jonathan Sackier and Dr. Nigel Guest dive deep into the world of pruritus in this episode of Join the Docs.
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#003

Tired of Being Tired? Insights into Anaemia

How Iron-ic

Ever wondered if there's more to your fatigue than meets the eye? Join Professor Jonathan Sackier and Dr. Nigel Guest as they guide you through the world of anaemia… from the esoteric to the bleeding obvious.
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#002

Do People Really Put Things There?

A Hole in One or Another in a Hole: Orifices Part 2

The hole truth, and nothing but the truth? We’re back to explore the wild world of foreign objects and their unexpected escapades in human orifices! Prof. Jonathan "Egg Plant" Sackier and Doctor Nigel "Ears-n-Nose Detective" Guest, will be exploring all the other holes that people just can’t resist putting things in.
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#001

Why Do People Put Things Up Their Rear Ends?

A Hole in One or One in a Hole; Orifices Part 1

Ever wondered about the bottom line of human anatomy? Prof. Jonathan Sackier and Dr. Nigel Guest take a crack at the complex world of the derrière. They probe the ins and outs of the anal region, exploring its vital role in the body's waste management system, and the potential pitfalls of neglecting this less-than-glamorous area.
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What's up docs?

Health is more than the absence of disease, so we tackle topics impacting all aspects of your health. 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. Join the Docs is a blend of fun and facts, empowering our listeners with news they can use to seek the best healthcare.
Professor Jonathan Sackier, Co-Host and Surgeon

London-bred, Jonathan is a Liverpool-educated doctor. After training in surgery in Britain, he 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. 

When not elbow-deep-in-gore, Jonathan loves to fly planes, sail, scuba, ski, hike and cook. He can also swim but prefers the hot tub.

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!




Doctor Nigel Guest, Co-Host and Family Doctor

Born in Birmingham UK, Nigel grew up in Britain’s ‘Black Country’ zealously to his bizarre accent. Also 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.

Embracing new opportunities and drawn to innovation, Nigel helped national and international groups aiming to improve care, collaborating with his life-long friend, Jonathan Sackier in several such activities.

When not healing the sick, Nigel sails, swims and cooks, although rarely at the same time. He used to race cars, but has given up as they tend to beat him nowadays.

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

What's up docs?

Health is more than the absence of disease, so we tackle topics impacting all aspects of your health. 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. Join the Docs is a blend of fun and facts, empowering our listeners with news they can use to seek the best healthcare.
Professor Jonathan Sackier, Co-Host and Surgeon

London-bred, Jonathan is also Liverpool-educated doctor. After training in surgery in Britain, he 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. 

When not elbow-deep-in-gore, Jonathan loves to fly planes, sail, scuba, ski, hike and cook. He can also swim but prefers the hot tub.

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!



Doctor Nigel Guest, Co-Host and Family Doctor

Born in Birmingham UK, Nigel grew up in Britain’s ‘Black Country’ clinging jealously 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.

Embracing new opportunities and drawn to innovation, Nigel helped national and international groups aiming to improve care, collaborating with his life-long friend, Jonathan Sackier in several such activities.

When not healing the sick, Nigel sails, swims and cooks, although rarely at the same time. He used to race cars, but has given up as they tend to beat him nowadays.

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

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show Credits

We couldn't do all of this on our own! Credit where credit is due...

The Druids of Stonehenge

The New York-based Druids of Stonehenge (frontman Dave Budge, guitarists Carl Hauser and Bill Tracy, bassist Tom Workman and drummer Steve Tindall) exemplified both the surly essence of teen garage-punk and the experimental spirit of psychedelia. The band formed in 1965 as a scrappy, R&B-influenced teen combo in the Rolling Stones/Pretty Things mold. (This period is documented on the earlier Sundazed vinyl EP The Druids of Stonehenge.) By 1968, the Druids had embraced psychedelia, relocated to the West Coast andesigned with the UNI label.

Carl Hauser, and friend of Prof. Jonathan Sackier, has very kindly given us the right to use their music as our theme tune.

You can find out more about the band here.

Robin Gott

Robin grew up in the house once inhabited by Boris Karloff, perhaps inspiring his endearing love of the macabre. He met Jonathan at school where they proudly collaborated on a production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and Robin was energised by creating countless doodles.

Trained as an artist in London, he worked in animation in various countries, drawing characters including Father Christmas and Tony the Tiger, then settling in Malmö, Sweden with his family. Robin’s head is strangely large, filled with bizarre associations, some of which spill onto paper.

Robin enjoys running, cooking, fishing, reading crime novels and believes he has a split personality, although he cannot do the splits, but does like banana splits; in fact, he likes any dessert apart from tiramisu, which he avoids like the plague. The other half of this split identity is an actor, appearing in TV commercials, films, Swedish sketch shows and in Wallander with Sir Kenneth Branagh. His recent portrayal of a fisherman in a soon-to-be-released Swedish feature, casts him in a new light. Robin is happy to sign autographs but doesn’t like drawing graphs.

Robin is delighted to participate in Join the Docs having known Professor Sackier before he was a professor, but always thought he was a very nife person. He didn’t know Nigel’s surname, so he guessed. And was right.

slim

Mathias “Thigh” Bone, and his brothers Wish and Lazee, were born in Marylebone, London, attending Marrow High School. This was not a happy place as he received endless ribbing about his appearance, failing to gain muscle and gaining the nickname “Slim.” Due to an alcohol-related incident in senior school
rendering him ‘out of his skull,’ Slim was asked to leave.

He ran away with a travelling Circus, happily working the Ghost Train ride. Modelling jobs followed, including as the skull and crossbones in Pirates of the Caribbean. Auditioning for various movies, he then came out the closet, literally, in several horror films, leading to roles like his portrayal of Skeletor and Red Skull.

Preferring Shakespearean theatre, Slim trod the boards in London’s West End, the critics raving about his Yorick. When not working, Slim listens to his favourite bands, Boney M and The Grateful Dead or enjoys, skin diving.

Having boned up on anatomy, Slim keeps an eye socket on Nigel and Jonathan, featuring at Join the Docs on the couch, behind the couch and on the shelf, fulfilling his key ambition to be humerus!

show Credits

We couldn't do all of this on our own! Credit where credit is due...

The Druids of Stonehenge

The New York-based Druids of Stonehenge (frontman Dave Budge, guitarists Carl Hauser and Bill Tracy, bassist Tom Workman and drummer Steve Tindall) exemplified both the surly essence of teen garage-punk and the experimental spirit of psychedelia. The band formed in 1965 as a scrappy, R&B-influenced teen combo in the Rolling Stones/Pretty Things mold. (This period is documented on the earlier Sundazed vinyl EP The Druids of Stonehenge.) By 1968, the Druids had embraced psychedelia, relocated to the West Coast andesigned with the UNI label.

Carl Hauser, and friend of Prof. Jonathan Sackier, has very kindly given us the right to use their music as our theme tune.

You can find out more about the band here.

Robin Gott

Robin grew up in the house once inhabited by Boris Karloff, perhaps inspiring his endearing love of the macabre. He met Jonathan at school where they proudly collaborated on a production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

Training as an artist in London, he worked in animation drawing characters including Father Christmas and Tony the Tiger and worked in various  countries, settling in Malmö, Sweden with his family. Robin’s head is strangely large, filled with bizarre associations, some of which spill onto paper by a pencil carved from a human funny-bone.

Robin enjoys running, cooking, fishing, reading crime novels and believes he has a split personality, although he cannot do the splits, but does like banana splits; in fact, he likes any dessert apart from Tiramisu, which he avoids like the plague. The other half of this split identity is an actor, who's appeared in TV commercials, films, Swedish sketch shows and in Wallander with Sir Kenneth Branagh. His recent portrayal of a Dover fisherman in a soon-to-be-released Swedish feature casts him in a new light. Robin is happy to sign autographs, but doesn’t like drawing graphs.

Robin is delighted to participate in Join the Docs having known Professor Sackier before he was a professor, but always thought he was a very nife person. He didn’t know Nigel’s surname, so he guessed. And was right.

slim

Mathias “Thigh” Bone, and his brothers Wish and Lazee, were born in Marylebone, London, attending Marrow High School. This was not a happy place as he received endless ribbing about his appearance, failing to gain muscle and gaining the nickname “Slim.” Due to an alcohol-related incident in senior school
rendering him ‘out of his skull,’ Slim was asked to leave.

He ran away with a travelling Circus, happily working the Ghost Train ride. Modelling jobs followed, including as the skull and crossbones in Pirates of the Caribbean. Auditioning for various movies, he then came out the closet, literally, in several horror films, leading to roles like his portrayal of Skeletor and Red Skull.

Preferring Shakespearean theatre, Slim trod the boards in London’s West End, the critics raving about his Yorick. When not working, Slim listens to his favourite bands, Boney M and The Grateful Dead or enjoys, skin diving.

Having boned up on anatomy, Slim keeps an eye socket on Nigel and Jonathan, featuring at Join the Docs on the couch, behind the couch and on the shelf, fulfilling his key ambition to be humerus!