LGBTQ+ Information For You

At Park Road Medical Practice, we support everyone regardless of  gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, ableism and disability. NHS rainbow badges were launched in North Tyneside in 2020, further information regarding this can be seen on North Tyneside CCG website.

Information for Trans Patients

Or those wishing to change their name, title and / or gender

Did you know?

Changing your name – simply complete a change of name request form and give it to reception. We will ask to see proof of a name change (such as a deed-pole or marriage certificate) along with photographic evidence.

Changing your title – you can change your title from Mr to Mx, or Miss/Mrs/Ms to Mx without changing your gender. If you want to change your title from Miss/Mrs/Ms to Mr, or Mr to Miss/Mrs/Ms – you will have to change your gender on your NHS records too.

Changing your gender – you can do this at any time, by completing a gender change form and you do not have to have undergone any form of gender reassignment treatment. You must be aware that changing your gender will mean you will be allocated a new NHS number, and your pre-exisiting NHS number will no longer be accessible or be reversible. Your previous notes will be merged to your new notes, minus any previous identity information.

*unfortunately the NHS only accepts a male / female gender for registration and for gender change currently, if you wish to choose non-binary or other, we can add an alert to your notes, so we as a practice know your preferred gender. Without a male or female gender we cannot register you or change your gender as PCSE will reject the application. Sadly, this is out of our hands, but we and others across the UK have raised this issue to get the system changed, when will this be, we do not know. We do understand your frustrations. 

We as a practice will ensure you get called in for your screening opportunities as long as you stay registered with us, but we do need to know your assigned gender at birth to ensure you get called in at the right time. NHS screening Guidance for Trans Patients  and at Cancer Research UK

A new NHS number can take over 4 weeks to come through to us, once we notify PCSE . Once we receive your new NHS number, we will create a new registration for you at the practice within 5 days, and will aim to merge your old records to your new records in a timely manner. (If you have any concerns with this, please contact the practice and speak to a doctor). You should be informed of your new NHS number by PCSE. If you do not receive this, please contact us and we can give it to you. You may need to inform any hospitals you are under of your new NHS number so they can update your records.

Sexual Health Services and clinics can be located via the NHS website

Here at Park Road Medical Practice, we can provide you with free condoms, please ask at your next consultation or speak to a receptionist or one of our care navigators.

Are you up-to-date with your HPV vaccinations?

If you were assigned female at birth, you may have received your HPV vaccinations at school, if you were based in the UK. If you never completed the course, or would like to receive the free HPV vaccination for the first time (under 25 years old only) – please book an appointment with one of our practice nurses.

If you are a man who has sex with men, you can receive a HPV vaccination course at a sexual health clinic.

If you think you may need some psychological support you can self refer to North Tyneside Talking Therapies.

NOTE: this is not for emergencies, if you are in crisis and need help, please call 999 or call Samaritans on 116 123 for free.

Please be aware due to COVID-19 there may be restrictions on the following services, refer to individual websites

LGBT Foundation

LGBT foundation was established in 1975 and exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. They believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. #EqualityWins underpins much of what they do and they aim to be; ‘here if you need us.

If you aren’t completely sure where the best place to go is LGBT Foundation helpline is always a good first port of call as they can offer further signposting and detailed initial support and advice. Contact details can be located from their website.

Help and Support

  • Meetup – gives information on LGBTQ groups near Wallsend, Tyne & Wear.
  • National Trans 24h Helpline is an organisation who supports anyone who identifies as Trans, including inter-sex, Questioning, Non-Binary, 24h day/365 days per year. They offer a listening ear and one-one tailored support and advice.
  • Antidote  – was established in 1972 and are the the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity. They are here to support the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBT community in and around London but their website gives some useful information.
  • CliniQ are a holistic sexual health and well-being service for all trans people, partners and friends. CliniQ are a trans-led team, who offer a safe, confidential space for those who may not feel comfortable accessing mainstream services. They also perform cervical screening.
  • GI (Gendered Intelligence) work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people under the age of 21. GI deliver trans youth programmes, resources, support for parents and carers, and educational workshops for schools, colleges, universities and other educational settings. GI also have a youth group specifically for black and minority ethnic young people who are trans or questioning their gender.
  • Mermaids focus on supporting and informing gender diverse children and young people, and their families, Mermaids have a particular focus on younger children who may be questioning their gender or who identify as trans.
  • African Rainbow Family support for LGBTQI+ people of African heritage including refugees and wider Black & Asian Minority Ethnic Group
  • Hidayah is a secular organisation specifically for the needs of LGBTQI+ Muslims
  • GAYSIANS is the umbrella brand for the South Asian LGBTQIA+ community. They bring together all resources, networks and organisations related to being queer South Asians
  • Purple Rain Collective community building organisation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic LGBTQ people & QTIPOC
  • Sarbat Support for LGBT Sikhs.