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All trans people deserve healthcare that supports us to make well informed decisions about our transitions, our bodies and lives.
Right now, many trans people are waiting years to access gender identity services. When we are finally offered appointments, too many of us experience long travel distances, frustrating inconsistences and lack of person-centred care.
We need healthCARE that delivers for all trans people:
Collaborative – supporting informed consent and person-centred care.
Accessible – fully including diverse trans people all across Scotland.
Resourced – funding that achieves NHS waiting time standards.
Equal – ending healthcare discrimination against trans people.
Gender Identity Clinic waiting times are far worse than other NHS outpatient clinics. Trans people in Scotland will wait an average of almost two years for a first appointment, with some waiting as long as three and a half years. More than 2,000 people are waiting on lists right now. And every day of waiting to start treatment causes distress.
Everyone deserves to have quick and easy access to the healthcare they need. Please sign our petition calling on the Health Secretary to make that a reality for trans people in Scotland.
Join in creating a word cloud to highlight the impact of long waits for first appointments at Gender Identity Clinics. This will help people who are not trans to better understand why improvements must be made.
We want the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to explore new ways of delivering transition healthcare that aim to make sure we can truly get the care we need and deserve. Read about three new services in England and other international good practice.
Please spend a couple of minutes completing this very short anonymous survey about your most recent GIC appointment. This will help us understand what’s being done well and poorly by the current NHS gender identity clinics in Scotland.
In Scotland, there are currently four NHS Gender Identity Clinics (GICs) – Glasgow Sandyford GIC (adults and young people), Edinburgh Chalmers GIC (adults), Aberdeen Cornhill GIC (adults), and Inverness Raigmore GIC (adults). There is also a private sector GIC for adults provided by Your-GP in Edinburgh.
Sometimes, our experiences when using healthcare are so bad that it makes sense to complain about them. This can help you get changes to your care, and can help improve services for everyone. We know it can feel nerve wracking to complain, so we’ve got some tips and info.
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Scottish Trans is part of the Equality Network
Scottish Trans Alliance (Scottish Trans for short) is the Equality Network project to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. The Equality Network is a leading Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights charity.
The Equality Network is a registered Scottish charity: SC037852, and a company limited by guarantee: SC220213.
We are grateful for funding from the Scottish Government