Being trans might mean you want or need access to trans-specific healthcare such as hormones or surgery. It can also mean you need to do things like change your name on your passport which requires a letter from your GP, or get help finding the right information about medical professionals that can care for you.
As a trans person getting medical care, you have the right to:
- Use whatever name, pronouns and title you want.
- Be referred to a Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) of your choosing by your GP.
- Be taken seriously.
- Obtain accurate information from your GP.
You do not:
- Need any documentation to ‘prove’ you are trans.
- Need to go through local mental health services.
If your GP doesn’t know the answers to your questions, they should research how best to support their trans patients, and they should research the NHS guidelines for what to do next.
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Below are some common questions we get asked, with regards to healthcare for trans young people. We refer here to Gender Identity Clinics (GICs), but please be aware that you may also hear them called Gender Dysphoria Clinics (GDCs) or Gender Identity Development Services (GIDS).
The information contained on this page is intended as a general statement of the law and is true at the time of writing. Specific advice on a particular problem should always be sought from a qualified source.