Pride in Practice
We support everyone regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation and strive to ensure all our patients have an empathic and quality experience.
We recognise that many people in the LGBTQ+ community are often reluctant to ask for medical help because of negative experiences they may have had in the past.
All our staff at the practice are working to improve their understanding of the issues facing our LGBTQ+ patients and positively support them in accessing the care they need.
As a reflection of our commitment to LGBTQ+ patients, we are proud to be working towards the Pride in Practice scheme run by The LGBT Foundation.
This scheme identifies GP surgeries that are fully committed to ensuring that their LGBTQ+ patients are treated fairly and are able to discuss their issues openly with their GP or other healthcare clinician.
Changing Your Title or Pronouns
Did you know? You can change your title from Mr to Miss/Mrs/Ms or from Miss/Mrs/Ms to Mr without changing your gender.
If you want to change your preferred pronouns, just let us know.
Changing Your Name
Did you know? To change your name on your medical records you need to complete a Change of details form
If you prefer, we can add a “known as” name to your record so we as a practice can call you by your preferred name.
Gender Change on your Medical Records
Patients may request to change gender on their patient record at any time and do not need to have undergone any form of gender reassignment treatment to do so.
We must advise you, the patient, that changing your gender on your records would mean that you will be supplied with a new NHS number which is not reversible, and we will need to register you as a new patient. Your old NHS number will no longer exist and your existing medical information will be transferred into your new medical record minus any information relating to your previous identity.
To revert to your previous gender, we would need to issue you with a third NHS number and transfer your then existing medical information minus any information relating to your previous identity to your new record.
Please note: Upon changing your gender it is important that you understand that you will not receive automatic invites for screening for certain cancers and conditions. It is important that you read and understand this leaflet NHS Screening Guidance for Trans Patients before requesting to change your medical records.
We suggest you discuss with your doctor any future screening that may be relevant to your gender at birth. We, as a practice, are responsible for inviting you to discuss appropriate screening at the relevant time.
If you agree to the above, please complete and submit the Gender Change on Medical Records form. We aim to complete the Gender Change within 4 weeks and you will be notified on completion. Please ensure we have your up-to-date contact information.
Information for Trans People – NHS Screening Programmes
Upon changing your gender it is important that you understand that you will not receive automatic invites for screening for certain cancers and conditions. It is important that you read and understand the guidance produced by the NHS so that you are fully informed.
This leaflet is for trans (transgender) and non-binary people in England. It explains the adult NHS screening programmes that are available in England and explains who is invited for screening. We use trans as an umbrella term to embrace the diverse range of identities outside the traditional male/female definitions. These include transgender, gender fluid and non-binary. Find more trans health information on NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/trans-health.