Transgender people do not need to know for certain whether they want to transition in order to choose to see one of the Scottish gender specialist doctors to explore the options available. The Scottish gender specialists are experienced in helping a wide range of transgender people of all ages and identities.
It is important that people are open and honest with their gender specialist in order to receive the most appropriate assistance. In the past many transgender people were concerned that gender specialists might only let them transition if they appeared likely to be straight/heterosexual once transitioned. Fortunately, all the current Scottish gender specialists recognise that trans people can have a wide range of sexual orientations; both in terms of their sexual histories and future intentions. The current Scottish gender specialists do not expect people to have any particular sexual orientation in order to transition.
In Scotland, the main NHS Gender Identity Clinic is based at the Sandyford in Glasgow. It accepts people from anywhere in Scotland. The Sandyford NHS Gender Identity Clinic currently has around a 12 month waiting time for a first appointment. Often people are referred to the Sandyford NHS Gender Identity Clinic by their GP Practice but it is also possible to self-refer to the clinic.
There are also smaller gender identity services in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness. Further details about referral to these smaller services can be found on page 17 of the NHS Scotland Gender Reassignment Protocol.
A small number of trans people in Scotland see clinicians at private clinics, including: Dr Lyndsey Myskow at Medicalternative in Edinburgh, Dr Stuart Lorimer at Gendercare in London, and Dr Richard Curtis, who is himself trans, at London based trans-specific medical practice Transhealth.