What's up with your Doc?

Publish Date: 18/09/2013

There are many things that people think about when accessing a GP or Doctor’s surgery such as ‘How many times will I have to ring before I get an answer?’ and ‘Can I ask about my bad back and toe nail at the same time?’

But lesbian, gay and bisexual people have the added question of being honest about their sexual orientation.

At The LGF we get a mixture of stories about GP’s such as patients singing their praises on their extensive knowledge and support with same sex family planning, but also negative experiences where lesbians have reported being pushed to go on contraception because their GP presumes they are having sex with men.

We’ve also heard from people who have had an awkward silence after a same sex partner is mentioned, or that their GP has presumed that their depression is linked to their sexuality.

Our Pride in Practice Project is about supporting GPs to provide an inclusive and positive experience, but to do that we need to know where GP’s and surgeries need to improve.

We also want to celebrate and congratulate GPs who are providing a really good service. We would like to hear about positive experiences, and surgeries who have been really inclusive of their LGB patients.

Sharing your story could massively improve the experiences for other LGB patients, and make a real differences to their health and wellbeing.

If you would like to share your experiences of your GP as an LGB patient, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact pip@lgf.org.uk.