Hot young DOC­TOR

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Close Up - – Debbie Schipp

Call him the re­luc­tant Mc­steamy.

Rory Gled­hill thought he was sign­ing up for a doc­u­men­tarystyle pro­gram about life as a young in­tern at New­cas­tle’s John Hunter Hos­pi­tal.

Then he saw the Grey’s Anatomy-style pro­mos for Nine’s Young Doc­tors re­al­ity show – com­plete with him cast as “the hot doc­tor” and started cop­ping a rib­bing from his girl­friend and his mates.

“I said yes (to the show) be­cause it sounded use­ful in terms of a doc­u­men­tary-style pre­sen­ta­tion,” Gled­hill says.

“I think sub­se­quently it didn’t ma­te­ri­alise quite as that, but the fall­out and sub­se­quent flak has been funny most of the time.

“There has been the odd thing where I think, ‘I re­ally re­gret that’.”

De­spite the pro­mos, the young Ir­ish­man doesn’t think he’s a nat­u­ral on tele­vi­sion.

“Some of the nick­names that have been bandied around... the Mc­steamy rub­bish... I can’t think of any job which is less glam­orous,” he says. “Half the time you are deal­ing with peo­ple who are re­ally crook, and ei­ther have vomit or crap or some­thing else com­ing out.

“My girl­friend thinks it’s hi­lar­i­ous – she sees me at the end of the week or night shifts when you cer­tainly don’t feel glam­orous, much less look glam­orous.”

Glam­orous or not, Gled­hill and his Young Doc­tor co­horts were keen to join the se­ries that chron­i­cles their work in one of Aus­tralia’s busiest hos­pi­tals.

Long shifts meant he or one of the other seven in­terns would for­get the mi­cro­phones were still on when they were off-duty.

“I ac­tu­ally thought the cam­eras would be more in­tru­sive than they were,” Gled­hill says of be­ing trailed day and night. Fel­low in­tern Michael Burgess agrees.

“The first week or so was a bit of a nov­elty and it was dif­fi­cult get­ting used to hav­ing the cam­era there and know­ing what they ex­pected of you, but the job was al­ways the pri­or­ity,’’ he says. “The crews un­der­stood that and when it got busy I’d just head off and get the job done.”

Gled­hill may be a stranger to re­al­ity tele­vi­sion, but not to the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion – his fa­ther is also a doc­tor, and mi­grated with Gled­hill’s mother and sib­lings from Belfast to New­cas­tle 10 years ago.

Gled­hill fol­lowed af­ter com­plet­ing two-thirds of his own med­i­cal de­gree in the UK.

With an­other in­tern­ship at Tam­worth Hosp­tial un­der his belt, Gled­hill is now on the verge of choos­ing a spe­cialty – ei­ther surgery or emer­gency depart­ment medicine and acute and in­ten­sive care.

“I’m a bet­ter fit for them than tele­vi­sion,” he says.

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