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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Services (LGBT services)

A non-judgemental and welcoming approach to everyone is key to our service's philosophy. 

The term sexual orientation is used to describe the gender to which a person is attracted. For example:

Heterosexual - being attracted to members of the opposite sex

Lesbian or Gay - being attracted to members of the same sex

Bisexual/Pansexual - Attraction to the person irrespective of gender

For many people the concept of sexual orientation is not fixed - some people may have a sexual experience with people of the same or opposite sex without identifying with a particular sexual orientation. 

Transgender is an umbrella term that describes any cross gender behaviour. Trans people have varying discomfort with their assigned gender at birth. This discomfort can lead to living in another gender and seeking to live in that role. Surgery and other medical interventions to adjust that discomfort are options on the NHS and via private routes.

It is important to know the biological sex of a person so that appropriate examinations and treatments can be applied. All information is confidential and not for any other purpose.

We ask all patients to tell us the gender of their partners so we can provide the best care.  Some groups of patients have specific sexual health needs, for example men who have sex with men are routinely offered Hepatitis B vaccination.

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'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital