Dr Philippa Kaye is a GP, author, journalist and mother. This means that she is busy, really busy and while others may dream of long indulgent weekends, she dreams of a lie in until 8.30am – that extra hour and a half makes all the difference, ask any parent! Philippa is one of those irritating clichés, she really did always want to be a doctor, apart from a very brief spell of aspiring to be a ballerina (also a cliché, sorry). But she has always been fascinated by science and by people and medicine is a career which thankfully combines the two. She grew up in a very large and noisy family, where everyone knows everything about everybody. This may have led to her becoming quite nosy, some people may prefer the term ‘interested’, but the truth is, she is nosy, but as a doctor this can be a great thing because a bit of nosiness helps to find out about people which may in turn affect their health. But this interest extends into other areas of life and Philippa is often found with her family at a museum, gallery or just exploring because everything and everyone has a story to tell. Dr Philippa is a Londoner and only moved away for three years while studying at Downing College Cambridge, before returning to Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ medical school for her clinical training. Once qualified she got married and started having babies all in the midst of training in paediatrics, gynaecology, care of the elderly and acute medicine, psychiatry and then general practice. She now works as a GP in both privately and for the NHS, before running home to the chaos of a house with a husband and three small children. Dr Philippa knows that one of the core skills of medicine is being able to translate ‘medicalese’ into English and has used this skill to write five books on subjects ranging from pregnancy to child health and development. She is the medical expert for Woman, My Weekly Special and Smallish magazines and regularly contributes to the print and online press. She has previously been the medical expert for various magazines such as Junior, Sugar, Prima and Mother & Baby. As with many working mums, Dr Philippa has a second job – parenthood, which truth be told is often tougher than the doctor day job! Most of her spare time is taken up with family and she is happiest cooking in her kitchen surrounding by family and friends, talking, eating and laughing, a lot. Dr Philippa Kaye was once optimistically measured at 5 ft and ¾ of an inch. That ¾ of an inch is very important to her and should not be forgotten.
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