"Access to gender identity services"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Gender dysphoria services Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Gender dysphoria services NG7 6LB
Posted by Frustrated trans male (as ),
My GP originally sent off my referral to Nottingham centre for gender dysphoria in November 2015. I was advised that there would be a 12 month wait for my intial appointment. I have now been advised by the gender clinic that this has risen to 16 months due to a lack of clinicians.
Given that the NHS rules state I've a right to be seen within 18 weeks of referral and that information about the waiting list seems to be changing for the worse all the time, this isn't acceptable. It is detrimental to my mental health and I feel that it is extremely unfair to not have clear communication about the waits I will face when trying to access these services.
I'd like to know what the gender clinic is doing in order to meet the 18 week rule and why the waiting times for those already on the list are rising so dramatically? I have been forced to seek interim private healthcare in the meantime in order to safeguard my health - given that this is as a direct result of NHS failure to adhere to waiting list rules, can I expect my private fees to be refunded?