Trans and non-binary people's general health needs are the same as anyone else's. But trans people may have specific health needs in relation to gender dysphoria or gender reassignment, or confirmation.
Your particular needs may be best addressed by transgender health services offered by NHS gender identity clinics (GICs).
Your GP can refer you directly to one of the eight GICs. You do not need an assessment by a mental health service beforehand. Neither does your GP need prior approval from their Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Although awareness of trans and non-binary health issues has increased, some GPs may not have much experience with trans health issues or gender dysphoria.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has produced an e-learning resource on gender variance, which your GP may find helpful.
The websites of the clinics listed on this page also have useful information for you to consider before you see your GP.
The eight NHS gender identity clinics in England are based at the following locations:
Gender identity clinics in London and the southeast
179-183 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8QZ
Telephone: 020 8938 7590
The GIC website has an overview of information useful for anyone with gender identity needs, not just those in the area.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) for children and young people
GIDS, The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA
Telephone: 020 8938 2030
The Gender Identity Development Service website includes information about the services they offer children and young people (up to the age of 18), who are experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity, and their families.
Gender identity clinics in the north
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Service
Porterbrook Clinic, Michael Carlisle Centre, Nether Edge Hospital, 75 Osborne Road, Sheffield S11 9BF
Telephone: 0114 271 6671
The Sheffield Gender Identity Services website includes information about referrals, clinic opening hours, and links to eligibility criteria and the Porterbrook Clinic.
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Service
Management Suite, 1st floor, The Newsam Centre, Seacroft Hospital, York Road, Leeds LS14 6WB
Telephone: 0113 855 6346
The Leeds clinic's website covers referrals and commonly used medications.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service
Benfield House, Walkergate Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle NE6 4PF
Telephone: 0191 287 6130
The Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service website has a leaflet outlining eligibility and how to access services.
Gender identity clinics in the Midlands
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Gender Clinic
Danetre Hospital, London Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 4DY
Telephone: 03000 272 858
Visit the Northampton Gender Clinic's website for more information.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health
3 Oxford Street, Nottingham NG1 5BH
Telephone: 0115 876 0160
Visit The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health website for more information.
Gender identity clinics in the southwest
Devon Partnership NHS Trust West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic
The Laurels, 11-15 Dix's Field, Exeter EX1 1QA
Telephone: 01392 677077
The Laurels' website has information about the types of services on offer and the help available during transition.
Article provided by NHS Choices