For GPs and professionals

The West of England Specialist Gender Identity Service accepts referrals from any GP in England for people aged 17 and above with Gender Dysphoria.

If your patient is under 17 years of age, please contact The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) which is a highly specialised clinic for young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity. 

Referrals will also be accepted from other healthcare professionals, but it is important that this is done in conjunction with the person’s registered GP. 

GPs elsewhere in the United Kingdom may still be able to refer, but they will need to approach the relevant NHS commissioners for approval.

Please fill in the following ‘GP referral’, attaching a current medical summary and any relevant diagnostic reports, for example - Mental Health, ASC, Substance Misuse, etc. This will help us to process your referral efficiently, without having to request further information from you.

GP Referral Form


Transfers of care

Our service also welcomes transfers of care directly from other NHS gender identity clinics, correspondence should come directly from the transferring clinic. In order for us to process transfers effectively and efficiently we require the following information:
  • Correspondence detailing the reason for the transfer of care and any recommendations for further assessment and/or treatment where applicable
  • Reports relating to the assessment and treatment of your patient’s gender concerns to date.

Risk management

  • A number of studies suggest that people who identify as transgender are at higher risk of depression, self-harm, substance misuse, suicidal thoughts and ideation
  • We would advise our patients to approach their GP should their physical or mental health deteriorate
  • We advise GPs to monitor physical and mental health, and make local referrals as appropriate
  • The Gender Clinic will offer advice at the GP’s request on any health problem related to our patients’ gender concerns
  • Our service does not provide urgent or emergency advice to patients. Should patients require urgent or emergency advice, they are advised to contact local primary care or emergency services
  • We will endeavour to respond to requests for advice from health professional colleagues regarding specialist gender identity-related matter.