Portcullis Surgery

Portcullis Surgery

Portcullis Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1GT

Current time is 10:46 - We're open

NHS

Telephone: 01584 872 939

Fax: 01584 879 031

portcullis.surgery@nhs.net

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

We are an LGBT inclusive practice

It is estimated that on average, GP surgeries will have around 300 patients who identify as LGBT, and some of these patients will have specific medical needs that often go unmet. LGBT patients are more reluctant to access healthcare and may delay/ avoid getting treatment due to fears of encountering LGBT phobia.

At Portcullis Surgery we are committed to ensuring people feel confident to use our services no matter who you are and we are committed to making sure all our patients feel supported and listened to.

Health Screening

It is important that we have information about your gender identity and sexual orientation as this may allow us to invite you to appropiate health screening for you.

Breast cancer screening, cervical smear screening, and abdominal aortic screening invitations are gender specific, so if you are transgender you may not be invited to the correct screening unless you let us know.

Sexual Health 

Your GP may need to be aware of your sexual orientation in order to give you the best possible care for your medical problem.

If your GP is made aware of your sexual orientation and gender identity this can help identify your health care needs.

Only you can decide if you would like to share with us what sexual identity best describes you.

By asking this question we are trying to become more inclusive as a practice and allow patients to self-disclose this information, if you choose to and improve health outcomes as a result.

Please send us this information by filling in the confidential form below

Portcullis Patient Extra Information about your Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity

It is estimated that on average, GP surgeries will have around 300 patients who identify as LGBT, and some of these patients will have specific medical needs that often go unmet. LGBT patients are more reluctant to access healthcare and may delay/ avoid getting treatment due to fears of encountering LGBT phobia. At Portcullis Surgery we are committed to ensuring people feel confident to use our services no matter who you are and we are committed to making sure all our patients feel supported and listened to.
  • If your GP is made aware of your sexual orientation and gender identity this can help identify your health care needs. Only you can decide if you would like to share with us what sexual identity best describes you. By asking this question we are trying to become more inclusive as a practice and allow patients to self-disclose this information, if you choose to and improve health outcomes as a result Sexual orientation is about who you’re attracted to and who you feel drawn to romantically, emotionally, and sexually. It’s different than gender identity. Gender identity isn’t about who you’re attracted to, but about how you identify yourself — male, female, transgender.
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Sexual orientation is about who you’re attracted to and who you feel drawn to romantically, emotionally, and sexually. It’s different than gender identity. Gender identity isn’t about who you’re attracted to, but about how you identify yourself — male, female, transgender.

For further support

Here a number of organisations and information leaflets that can help you

https://lgbt.foundation/who-were-here-for

https://gids.nhs.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria/how-get-help-and-support/

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If you would like to discuss any of this or would like to speak to someone regarding specific issues related to your sexual orientation or gender identity please send an email to portcullis.surgery@nhs.net for the attention of Dr Catherine Beanland

Mental Health

There is a wide range of research to show that LGBT people are disproportionately more likely to have poor mental health. A 2018 study found that 52% of LGBT people had experienced depression in the year preceding the survey. Additionally, 46% of trans people and 31% of cis LGB people thought about taking their life in this time. This compares to 1 in 20 adults in the general population.

We are fortunate that we have a counsellor at the practice who has a special interest in young people in general and in  patients with mental health problems related to gender identity or sexual orientation. If you would like to speak to Siri in a telephone appointment please email the practice or call the practice to make an appointment

The LGBT Foundation runs a helpline

Call on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email helpline@lgbt.foundation

Opening Hours The helpline is open Weekdays – 9am until 9pm

Email support You can email the helpline anytime at helpline@lgbt.foundation and we will reply to you within 10 working days.

Offers support and advice on a range of topics.

  • Struggling with your mental health?
  • Feeling lonely or isolated?
  • Thinking about coming out?
  • Questioning your gender identity?
  • Want some information about sexual health or where to find sexual health testing?
  • Being harassed at work because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?
  • Need to report a hate crime?
  • Want to know about our services or what support is available in your local area?

 

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:30 until 20:00
    6-8pm Pre-booked appointments only.Call 111 for advice OOH
  • Tuesday
    08:30 until 20:00
    6-8pm Pre-booked appointments only.Call 111 for advice OOH
  • Wednesday
    08:30 until 20:00
    6-8pm Pre-booked appointments only.Call 111 for advice OOH
  • Thursday
    08:30 until 18:30
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  • Friday
    08:30 until 20:30
    Open 1-2 Fridays a month. 6-8pm Pre-booked appointments only.Call 111 for advice OOH
  • Saturday
    08:30 until 12:30
    Open 1-2 Sat per month Pre-booked appointments only. Call 111 for advice OOH
  • Sunday
    CLOSED
    Call 111 for advice OOH