Jacqui Thornton Communications

Jacqui, a member of the Medical Journalists’ Association, freelances mainly for national newspapers and magazines. Recently she has been commissioned by the Observer, the Times, Cosmopolitan, the Telegraph and the Sun. However she writes for a real mix, writing regularly for Pharmaceutical Marketing, and also Community Care and Press Gazette. She is also involved in new media, taking part in a Doctors.net podcast on the way medics are represented in print.

Recent articles:
The Observer
A level flop lands top science job

eBay medicines 'a risk to child health'
Major science award goes to British woman 'role model'
HIV Children Turned Away from Schools

The Times
Breast cancer: the Diep operation to repair breasts after a mastectomy
Surprising Science
Lovely skin – grown in the lab
We’ve got accents on the brain
Supersize NHS

The Telegraph
High-flying doctor
Risks of living amid the ashes
Does being single make you bonkers?
Sudanese Guinea worm on the point of eradication. What next?
NHS 60 years on: snails, snow and Matron

The Guardian
Global Health – it's not just malaria

Does He Know His Chlamydia From His Gladioli?
Too Scared For Sex
Can you Cane It And Get Away With It?

The Sun
Footie boots lead to injury time
Home is where the hurt is this Christmas
High Times In Shanghai
Miracle 20-mins Facelift

British Journal of Cardiology
Making Change Happen December 2009

PM magazine
Reporting Restrictions

Press Gazette
Expert eye: Men’s Magazines Flex Their Muscles

Community Care
Let's Live A Little


Jacqui is primarily known as a health specialist with in-depth knowledge after two years as health correspondent on the Sunday Telegraph and seven years as health editor on The Sun.

While at the Sun the paper won the Cancer Research Campaign Media Award of Excellence 2001 and the Communicator of the Year Award 2007.

She wrote the three-day series ''The Thornton Audit' – a hard-hitting analysis of whether extra cash had helped the NHS; whistleblowers in the health service; and how one hospital was reforming to help patients.

Exclusives include 'Locked Up for Being Fat' – the tragic story of a man with Prader-Willi syndrome who was sectioned against his will and taken from his home by police because he would not stop eating.

Jacqui ran a patient-led campaign into the case of surgeon Andrew Gbinigie who appeared before the GMC after botching an abortion but was not struck off. Jacqui’s stories led to a new case being opened against him by the GMC after more former patients came forward to complain.

Foreign Reporting
After the Tsunami of 2004, Jacqui accompanied a group of British trauma surgeons to Sri Lanka as a guest of the Leonard Cheshire Centre for Conflict Recovery. She reported on the human side of the tragedy in the Sun, while highlighting the tremendous efforts of the medics. 

Following the SARS crisis, Jacqui travelled to Hong Kong for a two-day series in the Sun on how the former British colony was coping with the crisis. She also reported from the Metropole hotel where the illness started.  

Jacqui filed from Uganda for the Sunday Telegraph on a little boy who lived in a terrace in Lewisham who was actually the King of Toro. Jacqui was invited by the ‘Queen Mother’ to cover his crowning ceremony witnessed by hundreds of dignitaries and subjects. She later had an audience with President Yoweri Museveni.

Jacqui flew to Bermuda for the Sunday Express to report on the British colony’s referendum on independence from the UK in 1996 and interviewed the Governor, former Home Secretary Lord Waddington.  

Jacqui was the Sunday Telegraph’s Millennium correspondent  and reported from the Dome on its opening night. She had the front page splash in the January 2 edition - the first of the Millennium for that newspaper.    

Front Pages
Jacqui had a series of front pages at the Sun – often thanks to the fantastic headline writers!

Her favourites include – 'My Little Cloney' – world’s first cloned horse; 'Cure for PMT (Good news for millions of women...and men)' – a drug breakthrough; 'Alcoholic aged 12' – the shocking story of how a young girl became dependent on alcohol, highlighting the growing crisis amongst young drinkers.

She has also had a number of splashes in the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Express and the Sunday Express.  

Click here to see more of Jacqui’s work.


Perfect skin
Jacqui with David Porter, director of the L'Oreal Young Scientists Centre
The butcher is back
The Sun
The Times
The Guardian
the Sunday Telegraph
The Observer
Daily Mail
British Journal of Cardiology
Press gazette
0 quote - Dr Carol Cooper

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