Wales' first transgender healthcare clinic set for Cardiff
Posted on 25/08/2017 by
An interim service is due to be launched in the autumn and the WGT will accept new referrals from the end of March 2018.
The new clinic will initially prescribe medication for Welsh patients undergoing treatment at the GIC, but the unit will also be able to treat those who are currently on waiting lists in London.
Any Welsh patient who prefers to continue their treatment in London will be able to do so.
Alongside the new service, the All Wales Gender Identity Partnership Group will develop a full gender identity service and referral pathway.
Group member Jack Jackson: "I'm delighted to be able to be part of the process and hope I can make some contribution and improve things for the future of transgender services and people in Wales."
Equality charity Stonewall Cymru said the move was a "big step forward".
Its policy and campaigns officer Crash Wigley added: "As a next step, we hope to see the development of a gender identity service for children and young people in Wales which will provide care and support to them and their families."
"I look forward to seeing great improvements to those services."
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Joe Baines Jackson, who was assigned female at birth, had welcomed the move
Transgender people will be able to access specialist healthcare in Wales at a new gender identity clinic to be built in Cardiff.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said there had been an increase in demand for services.
The clinic will be supported by a network of GPs, who have a specialist interest in gender care, including hormone replacement therapy.
It has been backed by the All Wales Gender Identity Partnership Group.
Currently, transgender patients in Wales are referred to the Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) in London, adding to the time and cost it takes to access healthcare.
The Welsh Government hopes the new service would mean less travelling, improved waiting times and better user experience.
It will also ensure current clinic capacity is freed up for those requiring more specialised services, as well as shortening the steps between initial referral and beginning treatment.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said people have not had the choice up until now
Mr Gething said the service, run by the Welsh Gender Team (WGT), was part of the Welsh Government's commitment to "improving health and wellbeing for all".
He added: "All but the most specialist services will soon be delivered in Wales, closer to people's homes, which will improve access and experience for people needing care.
Source: BBCNews Wales