The Lewisham doctor who competed in hit reality television show Love Island returned to work for the NHS this morning, announcing that he will be using his fame to raise health awareness.
Alex George, 27, returned to work part-time at University Hospital Lewisham as an A&E doctor today after his year-long hiatus while competing on the programme, where he was deemed a crowd favourite but ultimately unlucky in love.
Last week, George announced his return and posted: “Love Island was the experience of a lifetime, but ever since I left the villa I’ve genuinely missed working for the NHS. That’s why this week, I’m going back to A&E. I trained for years for the opportunity to help people, and I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love.”
The announcement came as a shock to fans following his career after he was hired in August as Health Editor on Good Morning Britain, a job which has now ended.
The hospital said: “We’re pleased that Dr Alex George has rejoined our fantastic and much-valued A&E team at University Hospital Lewisham.”
George, 27, has focused on mental health awareness on social media. He posted on Instagram: “I’ll be using my platform to raise awareness around health issues among young people. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you a bit of insight into what it’s like on the front lines of the NHS. I hope you all continue this incredible journey with me. Here we go!”
He was born in Carmarthen, Wales and studied medicine at Exeter University. According to his Instagram, he has been nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award and started working at University Hospital Lewisham at the end of 2016 before his appearance on Love Island.
Audiences found George’s shy disposition endearing, but seemed to be relieved when he was voted off the island with Alexandra Cane on day 57.
Many found his “nice guy image” to be a front, culminating in the “brutal” moment he dumped his girlfriend after their first solo date during which he seemed more excited about the Ferrari he was driving than his partner.