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GP surgery turns to 'Doctor, doctor' jokes in bid to cheer up patients

A GP and his practice staff are attempting to brighten the mood of patients in their waiting room - by supplying them with ‘Doctor, doctor’ jokes.

By Christian Duffin

A GP and his practice staff are attempting to brighten the mood of patients in their waiting room - by supplying them with ‘Doctor, doctor' jokes.

The Northwick Surgery in Harrow, London, relays the jokes on an electronic ticker tape screen next to the reception desk.

‘We've already got a fish tank and some equipment for patients to measure height, weight and blood pressure, but we wanted to lighten the atmosphere a bit and give the patients something extra to do,' said Dr Fergus McCloghry, a GP at the practice, who is also chair of Harrow LMC.

Receptionist Jan Dunning supplies most of the gags, but admits that not many of them are going to make patients sick with laughter. The jokes (see box below) run in between other pieces of information, such as details of swine flu clinics.

‘We just put up new jokes as and when we find them,' added Dr McCloghry.

‘Sometimes we change them daily. We've had one or two people say they like them. Nobody's complained so far. Unfortunately, one of our receptionists used to be a real mine of jokes but has now retired, so we may need some new ones soon.'

Patients attending one Harrow surgery are treated to a series of 'Doctor Doctor' jokes on an electronic message board in the waiting room Patients attending one Harrow surgery are treated to a series of 'Doctor Doctor' jokes on an electronic message board in the waiting room 'Doctor, doctor' jokes at Northwick Surgery

Woman: Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I'm a moth.
Doctor: You need a psychiatrist, not a GP.
Woman: I know, but I was walking past your surgery and I saw that the light was on.

Man: Every time I stand up quickly I keep seeing Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
Doctor: How long have you been having these Disney spells?

Woman: Doctor, doctor, I think I've lost my memory.
Doctor: When did that start?
Woman: When did what start?

Boy: Doctor, doctor, my younger brother has swallowed my pen. What shall I do?
Doctor: Use a pencil until I get there.

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