Information for members of the transgender community and non-binary community.
As a practice, we welcome and include all of the LGBTQI+ community. We strive to recognise you as your preferred and correct pronoun/gender.
Please be aware that due to NHS Community Health Index Numbers (an NHS number identity that you are given as soon as you register with NHS in Scotland - if you were born in Scotland you will have had this since birth), you may come up on our computer systems as your born pronoun, rather than your preferred and correct pronoun. This will change if you have changed your name by deed poll, and through official NHS services, who will contact you regarding this. This is due to screening for things like smears and validating your preferred options. For more information, please see this NHS Scotland guide.
Please note, that if you have not changed your name on the NHS and officially by deed poll previously, that you may need to notify either a member of the admin team or a GP if you wish to alter your birth name to your correct name. We can set an alert on our computer system to discourage and prevent deadnaming. If this is the case and you are registering, you may have to disclose your born name/pronoun, just so we can locate your medical records. Alternatively, if you can access your CHI or NHS number this will help locate your previous records. Please however, speak to a member of staff to get your name and/or pronouns amended on our computer system.
In terms of sexual health, our senior partners Dr. Aileen Doherty and Dr. Gregor Murdoch run sexual health clinics (see our clinic timetable for booking times). Please feel free to book an appointment with whatever doctor you feel most comfortable with (Dr Doherty usually runs a female-friendly clinic and Dr Murdoch a male-friendly, but please book with whomever you feel comfortable with, as both GPs will be able to assist you and are LGBTQI+ inclusive).
You do not have to disclose to any member of staff your pronoun preference if you are not comfortable, however it can prevent misgendering or deadnaming if you are to do so. All information given to any member of staff, at any level, is entirely confidential.
We strive to create a safe environment for any members of the community, LGBTQI+ all included. Your GP may help to advise you on support networks, or any health issues you may have.
If you feel you have been a subject of discrimination within your healthcare, or would like to make a complaint, please advise a member of reception, or if you are uncomfortable with this, speak to your General Practitioner or ask for the Practice Manager's details.