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It’s easy to help patients with gender variance – here’s what you can do


Hi, the trouble is that the specialist clinics are bursting and a lot of very simple cases could actually be managed in Primary Care. Many GPs are currently even refusing to monitor or prescribe under supervision of the gender clinics, for reasons that they 'don't approve' or 'don't agree' with this as a condition. So that could be a very simple step to take - just to agree to shared care. Some patients are do desperate that they are self-medicating and looking for safe and reliable sources of medication. I am hoping that more GPs would feel able (as the GMC recommends) to offer a bridging prescription while they wait for the GIC. And then maybe some other GPs would like to do a little more training to take this speciality on a bit further, and offer simple hormone regimes for cross-sex therapy. Many cases are barn-door, simple presentations, and the family GP could be by far the best person to help. We don't all have to take this on full steam ahead, but if we all did a little bit more than we may do now, then this very rewarding condition could be helped better, and maybe the shocking self-harm and suicide statistics may improve. We don't have to all become gender specialists, but actually if you read around the subject we can make little steps to make the lives of these gender variant people much happier and healthier.

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18 Jun 2016

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