How to find an NHS gender identity clinic

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

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

GP referrals for gender dysphoria treatments are then usually followed up 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 and input from interested groups, and it outlines the best current NHS practice in respect of gender reassignment services in England. You may also want to read this guide yourself 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 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 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 7435 7111

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 web page 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 305 6346

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

Sunderland Gender Dysphoria Service

Upper Poplars, Cherry Knowle Hospital, Ryhope, Sunderland SR2 0NB

Telephone: 0191 569 9401

The Sunderland 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 usefully includes information about staff at the clinic. It also sets out some of 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 offers information about the types of services on offer and help available during transition.

Page last reviewed: 08/08/2012

Next review due: 08/08/2014


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The 1 comments posted are personal views. Any information they give has not been checked and may not be accurate.

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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