How to find an NHS gender identity clinic

Trans people’s general health needs are the same as anyone else’s. However, trans people may have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria or gender reassignment, realignment or confirmation.

Your particular needs may be best addressed by transgender health services offered by NHS gender identity clinics.

You will usually need to be referred to a gender identity clinic by your GP. There are also private gender dysphoria services available to you, and some NHS organisations may fund referrals to these, but you will need to check with your local NHS organisation.

GP referrals for gender dysphoria treatments are usually followed by an assessment by a psychiatrist or another specialist doctor before treatment is begun.

GPs and other health professionals may not have much experience with trans health issues or gender dysphoria. If you need to see a healthcare professional about your condition, it might be worth taking the latest guide on gender dysphoria services (PDF, 291kb) with you to your appointment.

This guide has been devised by doctors from gender identity clinics, with input from interested groups, and it outlines the best current NHS practice in respect of gender reassignment services in England. You may want to read this guide to get a better understanding of what to expect from the NHS.

The main NHS gender identity clinics in England are based at the following locations:

 

Gender identity clinics in London and the southeast

West London Mental Health NHS Trust Gender Identity Clinic

179-183 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8QZ

Telephone: 020 8483 2801

The West London clinic’s website has an overview of information that is useful to anyone with gender identity needs, not just those in the area.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Service for children and young people with gender identity issues

The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA

Telephone: 020 8938 2030 or email gids@tavi-port.nhs.uk 

The Tavistock’s website includes information about the kinds of treatment that the service offers people with gender identity issues.

 

Gender identity clinics in the north

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust Sexual and Relationship, Sexual Medicine and Transgender Services

Porterbrook Clinic, Michael Carlisle Centre, Nether Edge Hospital, 75 Osborne Road, Sheffield, S11 9BF

Telephone: 0114 271 6671

The Sheffield gender identity services website includes information about referrals, clinic opening hours, and links to eligibility criteria and the Porterbrook Clinic.

Leeds Gender Identity Clinic

Management Suite, 1st floor, Newsam Centre, Seacroft Hospital, York Road, Leeds, LS14 6WB

Telephone: 0113 855 6346

The Leeds clinic’s website covers referrals and commonly used medications.

Northumberland Gender Dysphoria Service

Benfield House, Walkergate Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle, NE6 4QD

Telephone: 0191 287 6130

The Northumberland Gender Dysphoria Service website has a leaflet outlining eligibility and how to access services.

 

Gender identity clinics in the Midlands

Nottingham Gender Clinic

Mandala Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6LB

Telephone: 0115 960 2820

The Nottingham Gender Clinic’s website has information about staff at the clinic and the legal standing of gender dysphoria services.

 

Gender identity clinics in the east of England

Town Close Gender Identity Clinic

Julian Hospital, Bothorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TD

Telephone: 01603 421710

 

Gender identity clinics in the southwest

The Laurels Gender Identity and Sexual Medicine service (Devon Partnership NHS Trust)

The Laurels, 11-15 Dix's Field, Exeter, EX1 1QA

Telephone: 01392 677077

The Laurels' website has information about the types of services on offer and the help available during transition.

Page last reviewed: 24/09/2014

Next review due: 24/09/2016

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HenryHall said on 30 June 2013

I see this newly published article from the NHS recommends transgender people to "check locally with your PCT. "

Of course PCTs were long ago disused. Typical of NHS information systems (unlike NHS nurses who are angels).

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