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welsh government logo cb 1August 25 2017

Wales is to introduce specialist hospital-based gender identity services while improving community-based care. 

 A network of GPs with a specialist interest in gender identity healthcare will be “able to provide more care closer to people’s home, which will improve access and experience for people needing care,” said the Welsh Government.

A new interim care pathway will be put in place by the autumn, endorsed by the All Wales Gender Identity Partnership Group, which includes representatives from the transgender community and service users.

“Under the new model, a multidisciplinary service, known as the Welsh Gender Team (WGT), will provide support to a network of GPs across Wales with a specialist interest in all areas of gender care, including hormone replacement therapy and will accept direct referrals from GPs. The service will initially facilitate the prescribing of medication for individuals who have already attended appointments at the Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) in London.”

From March 2018, “the WGT will accept new referrals and repatriate appropriate individuals who are currently on waiting lists for treatment. This will be done in partnership with the GIC, where the pathways will remain open for individuals with complex needs or those requesting gender reassignment surgery. Those who would prefer to continue their treatment with their current provider will be able to do so.”

Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of the BMA Cymru Wales GP Committee, has welcomed the Welsh Government’s “proactive approach to listening and addressing the holistic care needs that the transgender community has.

“We’re also pleased that this will involve GPs with specialist interest being a pivotal part of the proposed service, and all GPs involved in the patient journey, with clarity on referral pathways being a first for the UK,” she said.

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Welsh Government announcement         

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