A TV doctor who has delivered medical advice on all aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been appointed to a role at the University of Huddersfield.

Medical broadcaster Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE has been appointed Visiting Professor of General Practice at the university.

Dr Jarvis has been the GP for The One Show for over a decade and she is also the resident medical advisor on the Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2. She also makes regular appearances on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Viewed by many as one of the nation’s most trusted medical experts, when Dr Jarvis isn’t discussing the Coronavirus, she can be heard offering advice on a range of subjects from medical breakthroughs in hearing aids to ailments such as chronic hiccups.

Dr Jarvis already had links to the University of Huddersfield after being invited to become patron of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention by institute director Prof Karen Ousey.

Dr Sarah Jarvis

The pair had remained in contact after they met at a national diabetes conference where Dr Jarvis was chairing a seminar on diabetes-related foot problems.

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Prof Ousey for some time and her passion is infectious,” said Dr Jarvis, whose role as patron of the institute will continue alongside the visiting professorship. 

“Once travel and interaction restrictions allow, I will be delighted to visit the university in person to meet the faculty and address the students. In the meantime, we are arranging for me to engage in some recorded discussions.”

Dr Jarvis has over three decades’ experience in the NHS and over 30 years as a GP. She combines working as a GP with a role as clinical director of the patient information website Patient.info which provides free health information written by NHS doctors for patients all over the world.

On her appointment Dr Jarvis tweeted: “Don’t know about anyone else but I sometimes look at myself and wonder how come I look so old when inside I’m only 22 and hardly a grown up.

“This week I was honoured to be appointed Visiting Professor of General Practice at the University of Huddersfield. Definitely feeling grown up now.”