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July 16, 2018

#006 From Army Doctor To Rural GP - Dr Mike Brookes

#006  From Army Doctor To Rural GP - Dr Mike Brookes

Welcome to the Inside Yorkshire Podcast. A podcast full of stories and tales from the people of Yorkshire. In this episode, your host Susan Baty-Symes interviews Dr Mike Brookes. Those fortunate enough to have him as their GP know why he was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal College of GPs. Mike talks about his nomination and those who work with him in his outstanding practice. He tells us what he does to wind down and about juggling his time to manage a good work/life balance. He also has a pet hate that most of us share!

Mike has been the GP in Reeth for the last 11 years and served in Iraq in 2003 as an armed forces doctor before settling in Yorkshire. Find out more about the amazing work Dr Brookes and his team do and exactly why he was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal College of GPs, the biggest medical college in London.

Susan and Mike discuss the extra work Mike does outside of the practice that includes end of life care at the Royal College of London and improving healthcare for military factions. Learn Mikes opinion on the future of the NHS and why, whilst centralisation can improve services, for rural areas it can mean people with illnesses have to travel large distances to get treatment.

Finally, discover the plans Mike has for improving the environment and helping local businesses by encouraging trade waste and selling it on to fund projects in the local community such as sports clubs.


Reeth Medical Practice was graded as outstanding, and Dr Brookes says " We have a great team here, they’re very dedicated and spend a lot of time trying to make me look good"

The Royal College of GPs is the biggest medical college in London. It is the face of the industry. Dr Brookes was nominated for his work in his rural practice.


  • “Over the winter my wife and I ended up camping out in the surgery to make sure we could get in.”
  • “I spent quite a lot of time in the middle east, I was a doctor in Iraq during the 2003 invasion.”


Susan has been living in Yorkshire for over 30 years. She is passionate about the county she has adopted as her home and she never ceases to be amazed at the wealth of talent ‘Inside Yorkshire’ and the tales that people tell.




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