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Gender specialists

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, there are four NHS Gender Identity Clinics (GICs) – Glasgow Sandyford GIC, Edinburgh Chalmers GIC, Aberdeen Cornhill GIC, and Inverness Raigmore GIC.

The Glasgow Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic accepts people from anywhere in Scotland.  The Sandyford NHS Gender Identity Clinic currently has a waiting time of around 3 years for a first appointment. The Glasgow Sandyford GIC also has a specialist child and adolescent service. 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. Phone lines are open from 8:30am – 11:30am Monday – Friday. Please call 0141 211 8137 for the adult service and 0141 211 8618 for the young person’s service during this time.

The Edinburgh Chalmers Gender Identity Clinic accepts people from NHS Lothian, NHS Borders, NHS Fife. The Edinburgh Chalmers GIC currently has around a two year waiting time for a first appointment. The Edinburgh Chalmers GIC prefers people to be referred by their GP Practice to the clinic. The Edinburgh Chalmers GIC accepts people aged 17 or older.

The Aberdeen Gender Identity Clinic only accepts adults living in NHS Grampian and currently has a first appointment waiting time of around one and a half years. People can be referred by their GP.

The Inverness Gender Identity Clinic only accepts adults living in NHS Highland and currently has a first appointment waiting time of around one and a half years. People can be referred by their GP or can self-refer by phoning 01463 888300.

A small number of trans people in Scotland see clinicians at private clinics, including: Dr Lyndsey Myskow at YourGP in Edinburgh and Dr Stuart Lorimer at Gendercare in London.