We see people with a range of issues to do with gender, identity and sexuality. This includes people who identify as trans and non-binary.
Not everyone who comes to us will be sure that they want to change gender. We are happy to see people who wish to have support to explore issues to do with their gender. People do not have to have any kind of diagnosis before coming to see us and do not need to have had psychotherapy or a psychiatric assessment before attending.
We are unable to see anyone under 17 years of age and current waiting times mean that we are unlikely to see anyone before they are 18 years old. We will accept referrals for people who are 16 ½ years and older. People under 16 ½ years old will need to be referred to the Tavistock and Portman Gender Identity Development Service.
If someone has a mental health diagnosis such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia it does not mean that they cannot be seen. However, if there is a significant difficulty it is important that this is well managed before attending. If there is a drug or alcohol problem this will also need to be managed prior to attending. Because smoking increases risks with hormone treatment people should start to give up smoking if they are seeking hormones.
People who wish to see us should request a referral from their GP or other health professional. If a patient is referred by another NHS health professional, their GP needs to be informed and support the referral. Unfortunately, we cannot accept self-referrals.
If you are a NHS health professional who would like to make a referral, please use our referral form [pdf] 211KB. Following receipt of a referral, an acknowledgment will be sent within four weeks. The person you are referring will also be sent a letter within four weeks. If these are not received then we should be contacted.