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Get the most out of your GP practice as a member of the LGBTQ+ community

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Registering with a GP is easy, and it’s important

Your local GP surgery provides a wide range of health services that include advice on health concerns, how to prevent you becoming unwell, vaccinations, examinations and treatment, and prescriptions for medicines. They can also refer you to other health services.

It’s important to register with a GP practice near you so you can receive the care you need if you become unwell.

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How to change your gender marker on your medical record

It should be easy to change your gender marker on your medical record. Some practices may require evidence of a name change by deed poll, but you should not need a gender recognition certificate to change your gender. Some GP practices have different procedures, so speak to the team at your GP practice for more information.

If you need further support or experience challenges when trying to change your gender marker, contact Patient Relations.

When you change your gender marker, you might not be automatically called forward for screening appointments. Make sure you know what screening you are eligible for and speak to your GP team about booking an appointment.

Why should I tell my health and care workers that about my sexuality or gender identity?

Just as you would tell your doctor about your age, occupation or ethnicity, it’s a good idea to tell your health professional if you identify as LGBTQ+. It makes it easier to discuss your life, relationships and health concerns and make sure you receive care that is tailored to the whole of you.
It is also important that health professionals record this information, known as ‘sexual orientation and trans status monitoring’. This helps the NHS understand the specific needs of LGBTQ+ patients and where improvement is needed to meet these needs.