Introduction to Dr Renee

Introduction to Dr Renee

Hi. My name is Dr Renee Hoenderkamp and I’m
a GP. Most people know me as Dr Renee, because lets face it Hoenderkamp is a ridiculous name
to both say and spell! So, Dr Renee it is, and I am a busy London GP, but I am also a
medical writer I work for OK! Magazine online, where I take a celebrity who has an illness
and have a look at what they have said about it and how they’re coping. For example, did
you know that Kim Kardashian has really bad Psoriasis and 1000’s of people out there have
really bad Psoriasis. Some of them suffering in silence. So its a good way to let them
know that they are not alone, to hear how other people are coping, and to have a look
at the disease as a whole and what they could possibly do about it. Then I write for the Daily Express online
where we just take a topic thats current. So for example its National Diabetes awareness
week next week so I am writing about Diabetes. Who gets it? What? Why? How? What to look
for? What the treatments are and how to avoid it if at all possible. Then I have a monthly radio show which is
really fun, on BBC Radio London, with Joanne Good in the afternoon on the first Tuesday
of every month and we open up Dr Renee’s Surgery and listeners phone in with just about any
question that they have on just about any topic that they have and for me it is absolutely
terrifying because I don’t se the calls before I take them on the show live and I am always
worrying and stressing that I am not going to have the answers on a particular day but
so far so good and fingers crossed that it stays that way. And the questions that I get
are absolutely amazing in their variety. I get really really simple questions which demonstrates
to me that as a GP its easy to just assume that people know the answers to what we think
are simple questions and thats not true, and why should it be? I went to medical school
for a long time and have trained for a long time. So it’s really important to understand
that and to be able to answer every single question however simple it appears and then
there are the more complex questions and sometimes I have to go away and research those and come
back but thats a good learning tool for me and its good to share that with readers and
listeners as well. So its really varied and really fun but sometimes I notice that we
open the show with one question, for example on the Thyroid or menopause and then the whole
show just ends up on that topic. The floodgates open and the questions just keep coming. And that demonstrated to me that there is
this insatiable appetite for medical knowledge on different topics and people really don’t
have all of the information all of the time, that they want. That can be for a myriad of
reasons; everyone is really busy now trying to make ends meet, and lives have become busier
so they may not have time to do the research or get a GP appointment when it suits them
int heir lives or when they go to the GP they get nervous and clam up, and i see that and
as much as we can encourage people to talk, sometimes the questions just go out of their
head. or they have lots of questions and they don’t get the time to ask their GP who are
busy and have 10 minutes for each appointment and I see that too. I can understand how frustrating
it is for patients and also for GP’s who wold love to have more time to answer all of these
questions. So then it got me thinking, as there is this
need for people to have these questions answered, and to get the information that they want
to manage their disease, and people do want to do that and that is to be applauded, then
we need to get the information out there somehow. And I wondered if I could do that, more than
I am currently doing with the medical writing and radio. And i thought about doing a medical
VLOG, a weekly VLOG, where I take a topic that you ask me to cover and I cover it in
detail, all of the aspects of it, what causes it, what the treatments are, what the anecdotal
treatments are that I have heard about. And its not all about medication. I have decided
thats what I am going to do. So thats what I am going to do every week, so there will
be a weekly topic that I cover in response to your questions and I think thats the most
important thing; its not about what I want to say, its about what you want me to say.
So please, let me know if you have questions now, you can post them after this video. My first video will be next week and I have
already had some questions and requests to cover anxiety so thats what I am going to
do with my first VLOG next week and feel free to comment after you have watched it…. please
watch it! And post your questions, tell me what I am dong well, tell me what you would
like to see more of or less of obviously. And also post pother topics that you would
like me to cover and I will cover them, as best I can. So thats Dr Renee’s surgery opening
up via VLOG on a weekly basis answering your questions in the best that that I can. I hope
to see you there, post your questions and topics after this video today and lets get
going together! Thanks for listening. Bye.


  • Emily Strickland says:

    Hi Dr Renee! I think this is a wonderful channel idea. Completely agree that people often do not have the time to fully research or book a GP appointment. My question/topic area concerns my mum who has been suffering for over a year with severe dizziness, migraines, ringing in the ear. The doctors have diagnosed her with vestibular migraine. This is following a brain haemorrhage about 15 years ago. Can the two be connected?

  • Tessa Tyler Todd says:

    SO proud of you. Excellent idea xx

  • Tara Hannan says:

    Would love you to cover Endometriosis. I am 30 with stage 4 of the disease, going for my second laparoscopy this week and would be very interested to get your views on managing the condition.

  • Sharon T says:

    Hi, I have been diagnosed with AxSpA and have struggles to come to terms with the adjustments I've had to make to my life. I like to keep informed and was shocked by how common condition is, yet little is heard about it. I keep myself informed with latest bit of research but often find them littered with medical jargon and difficult to understand. I would love for you to cover Axial Spondyloarthritis and Ankylosing Spondyloarthritis to help young people like myself come to terms with what is commonly thought of as an old age condition. NSAID treatments have failed for me so far.. What else is available out there? Best wishes and good luck with your vlog adventure πŸ™‚

  • Lorraine Cleaver says:

    Wonderful vlog Dr Renee. It would be great if you could cover the controversies in Thyroid Treatment. I have a petition in the Scottish Parliament on this subject, particularly focussing on the lack of choice in thyroid medication. A GP's perspective on this would be useful, particularly on how you feel about the one drug only approach. I often wonder how a diabetic or heart attack patient would feel being told they had the option of one drug only and when it failed to work, being dismissed as having psychological problems or depression, as happens to us.

  • Shirin Ovissi says:

    Wonderful Dr Renee.

  • Niloo Bozorgi says:

    What a wonderful channel. Such an amazing woman, so glamorous and dedicated to public service. I will definitely be tuning in every week. Thank you very much Dr Renee. You are doing an absolutely wonderful service for everyone.

  • Sue Wilkinson says:

    Although you have done a video on HRT, can you talk to us about water retention and HRT/Menopause? I'm like a balloon and slosh when I lay down. I don't understand what is at play here at all and so many women suffer from water retention that I'm sure there would be an audience for it.

  • Melanne Franks says:

    Im in my menopause and been suffering so bad . I came across your name on a fb menopase chat . So its great to have found your videos. Id love to know why i get such bad noise and light tolerance drives me insane. On hrt . Really had no idea on menopause thought it was like being pregnant after so many months it finished. Im 8 years and still feel ill still feel like i did at the begining

  • Tom Parker says:

    Hi just listened to you on Jo’s show but I cant find the site for you fit you am I spelling correctly

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  • Ellen says:

    Hello Dr Renee, I really appreciated hearing you on Jo Good’s show today, I have subscribed and will look forward to watching your vlogs. I wish all GP’s were as compassionate as you!

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