Accessing our service

For patients referred to The Laurels between June 2016 and December 2020 please be advised of the following;
If you were contacted by NHS England on behalf of The Laurels and requested to be discharged from our service but have not yet received confirmation of your discharge please email 

Consultation with your GP

Your GP can refer you to the West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic for an initial referral for assessment. 

You will need to be aged 17 or over and registered with the GP.

If you are 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. 


The clinic is also now open to self-referrals. Please complete a self-referral form and send it to us.

Can I be transferred from another Gender Identity Clinic?

If you wish to transfer from another NHS Gender Identity Clinic ask them to make a referral for a transfer of care to us, and inform your GP.

What happens after referral?

After receiving your referral, we will first screen for suitability and then send you a confirmation letter. This will also be sent to your GP or referring service.