Jones was born in Hammersmith, London. He qualified as a medical doctor at the Royal Free Hospital, London in 1976. He then held various positions, including being the only medical officer on Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic in 1978. Returning to the UK, he became a junior doctor at Basingstoke Hospital, and from 1982, became a full-time Principal General Practitioner in the Basingstoke area. Jones became a GP Trainer in 1987 and still practises part-time as a National Health Service (NHS) general practitioner .
Jones is an ambassador of Bliss, the special care baby charity. On becoming an ambassador, he said: "I am delighted to become a Bliss Ambassador. I know from personal experience just how valuable their work is in supporting our SCBUs and increasing the survival rate of premature and poorly babies."
Jones also works as a medical advisor for online clinic HealthExpress where he features in a number of health advice videos as well as hosting live ‘Twitter Clinics.’ As part of these Twitter clinics, Jones offers tailor made information on a range of health related questions posed by the public. He is also actively involved in brand radio sessions, exhibitions and events.
Jones is also an ambassador for the Careline Service TeleCare24, contributes articles to their blog on health matters such as epilepsy, cancer and dementia on their Careline Blog
He is also a patron of The Meningitis Research Foundation, The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action and has also supported other charities including: Alzheimer’s Society, The Stroke Association, Northern Lights Children’s Charity, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, British Heart Foundation and Lucy Air Ambulance.
Jones became the TV-am doctor from May 1989 and has featured regularly on GMTV since 1993, where he was the health and medical advisor. In 2010, GMTV was replaced by Daybreak and Lorraine, where Jones continued to work as Health Editor. In 2014, Daybreak was replaced by Good Morning Britain, with Jones transferring to the show. As part of this role, he reports on emerging medical news stories as well as informing the public about various medical problems such as weight issues, contraception, surgery and cancer.
Jones also co-presented The Health Show with Terry Wogan and presented weekly social action programme Loud & Clear for three years for Meridian Television.
Jones participated in the fifth series of Dancing on Ice , partnered with Alexandra Schauman, but was voted off on Valentine's Day after Danny Young was saved by the judges in the skate off.
In 2013, Jones appeared on The Chase Celebrity Special (series 3, episode 3). He and the other members of the team, including Charlotte Jackson, defeated "The Chaser", Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, and won 100,000 pounds (approximately 162,000 USD at the time) for charity.
Jones has a regular guest slot on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 programme discussing medical matters.
Jones wrote a weekly column for the News of the World dealing with medical problems and health issues until the newspaper closed in July 2011. He also answered readers' health questions in the newspaper's Sunday Magazine. He also answers readers' health problems in Rosemary Conley's Diet and Fitness magazine, and edits and contributes to his own magazine Family Healthcare with Dr Hilary Jones.
Jones has also written a number of health related books. His first novel A Day In Your Life, published in August 2009, reached number six in the top ten hardback non-fiction bestseller list.
A full list of Jones' written works can be found below:I'm Too Busy to be Stressed: How to Recognise and Relieve the Symptoms of Stress (1997)
Total Wellbeing: The Whole Treatment for the Whole You - An Integrated Approach to Health (Co authored with Brenda Davies, 1999)
Doctor, What's the Alternative? All You Need to Know About Complementary Therapies (1999)
A Change for the Better: How to Survive and Thrive During the Menopause (2000)
What’s Up Doc? (2010)
A Day in Your Life: 24 Hours Inside the Human Body (2013)