You must be thrilled wih how Embarrassing Bodies has been received.
"I'm very excited about Live from the Clinic and yes, we're all very proud of the success of Embarrassing Bodies. I think the production team just do a wonderful job on that show of looking after the people that come forward and ensuring that we get a clever mix of entertainment and education. I think they always strike that balance right."
Do you think the show has genuinely had a positive effect on people visiting GPs?
"Oh definitely. When the show airs, I always see a little peak in the people coming in with a particular problem. My husband is also a GP and he often rings me up and says, 'Did you do psoriasis last night?' He's suddenly got all these similar queries! So, yeah, we're really proud about that."
The title gives us a clue, but how is Live from the Clinic going to be different to Bodies?
"It is going to be absolutely live, so it's going to be hard to predict exactly what will happen, but we will be relying on the viewers that night. There are elements of pre-recorded continuous stuff thrown in, where we have got volunteers to road test cheap over the counter products for common things like hayfever, athlete's foot, nits, worms. But the main thrust is the live element and that will involve people Skype-ing me and Dr Christian with their pictures and we'll hopefully try to help them. It's going to be just like a GP's surgery with open doors and we'll have to treat whatever turns up, just like I would in my NHS surgery."
Does the live element not scare you?
"A lot of people have asked me that, but no. Maybe if you ask me the morning after the first show, I might give you a different answer! But I'll tell you why it is, nobody comes to me at 8.50am on Monday morning at the surgery to say, 'Your first appointment has got acne, the 9.10am has irritable bowel syndrome, the 9.20 has something on her boob'. It doesn't happen like that. People just come in, sit down and we take it from there. What Live will do is showcase what every GP up and down the country does every day. The only difference is that we'll have cameras there."
Why do people avoid going to the doctor and then willingly come on a TV show with an ailment?
"I asked that very same question when we first started Embarrassing Bodies four or five years ago. I think people trust us and I think people know we have great access to specialists. It's almost becoming a circular thing because the show's success means that we get more experts and specialists offering their services. Also, some people are put forward for the show by friends or family. Interestingly, I've never met anyone who's said afterwards, 'I wish I hadn't done it'. They are always really pleased with the results. I think as well people get a lot more time with us to feel comfortable, whereas in a surgery you get a couple of minutes and you're told to whip your top off. We do take it very seriously as well and make sure that people are aware they will be exposed to millions of people."
Do you think this sort of video surgery could work in everyday life?
"I wouldn't be at all surprised. Times are changing aren't they? One of the most common gripes in my surgery is 'I can't get an appointment'. I do lots more telephone appointments than I used to and I even get some of my patients to email me if they have queries. I could see this whole Skype surgery being part of the NHS moving forward. Of course, there will always be a need for face-to-face contact, but increasingly we realise that things done on the telephone do work and by adding Skype and visuals it could potentially make the NHS a lot more efficient."
I presume after all these years, you're pretty hard to shock?
"I'm always asked what the most shocking thing I've seen on Bodies is, but with the exception of the little girl that Christian saw with verrucas - if you saw it, you'll know what I mean - I don't think pretty much anything can actually shock me. The only thing that might shock me is when spending a lot of time with these people that we see how the physical wellbeing has affected people's emotional states and how long they have put up with things before getting help. If these shows can encourage people to use healthcare, make it more accessible, then I think it's a real plus."
What do your fellow medical professionals make of the shows?
"The ones that don't like it might not have told me! It was one thing I was nervous about when taking part because it does matter to me what my peers think and first and foremost I'm a GP. Interestingly, I was at a GP dinner and I was expecting a bit of ribbing from them all, but the majority actually said, 'Thank you very much'. So, so far, my medical professionals have been complimentary and many say that they direct patients to our website. So that's something. I'm very proud of."
Do you ever get annoyed by people showing you their bits and pieces and asking for a diagnosis when you're out and about in public?
"No, it doesn't annoy me at all. I've always had it because I'm a GP and a GP in a small town, so I'm used to being in the baked bean aisle in a supermarket and being shown stuff. It happened long before I was on a TV show. Maybe it happens a little more now, but it's always happened and it's part of the job for a GP. If that annoys you, you're in the wrong job. It's just a few minutes of time to make someone feel better."
Live from the Clinic will air on Wednesday, May 25 at 8pm on Channel 4.
Watch the trailer from Live from the Clinic below: