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Dr Chris Steele MBE

With over 26 years on national television Dr Chris is Britain’s longest serving and most respected TV doctor. We're proud to have Dr Chris as our resident health expert because we share his values - putting you first.

A pioneer – in 1972 Dr Chris became one of the first doctors to specialise in helping smokers kick the habit. His ‘Stop Smoking Clinics’ became world famous and enabled him to deliver lectures and demonstrations in more than twenty countries around the world. Dr Chris coined the phrase ‘NRT’ (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) and in 1984 he successfully fought the British Government to have nicotine replacement gum paid for by NHS prescription. Before winning this argument he paid for his patients’ prescriptions out of his own salary.

An active campaigner – Dr Chris has presented Downing Street with various petitions demanding funding for trials of certain drugs and campaigning for better diagnosis of certain conditions.

A charity ambassador – Dr Chris is patron of numerous charities and is always willing to invest his time and energy into causes he believes in.

A ground breaking broadcaster – Dr Chris fought tirelessly and successfully to show live testicular cancer testing on TV. He then also broadcast live breast cancer tests, smear tests and prostate tests on TV.

Media awards – Dr Chris was named as the Health Journalist of the Year in 2007 by the British Press Awards Academy and in 2010 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Guild of Health Writers.

Key opinion leader – Dr Chris has acted as a Government Health Adviser on a range of initiatives and he has been a guest speaker and presenter in the House of Commons on a number of occasions.

MBE – in 2010 Dr Chris received an MBE from the Queen in recognition of his services to the medical profession and broadcasting.

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