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  • Hey I was wondering if there is an area of the forum where can I get some advice from people who've been there and got the T/E shirt? I'm really having a lot of confusion, my doctor has put me on a waiting list to see someone but there's a years wait!

      December 10, 2015 2:30 PM GMT
  • Hi Daniella, this is probably as good a place as any. What specific advice are you looking for?


      December 10, 2015 3:48 PM GMT
  • S T A T U T O R Y I N S T R U M E N T S
    2013 No. 2891
    The National Health Service Commissioning Board and
    Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing
    (Amendment) Regulations 2013
    8th November 2013
    Laid before Parliament
    13th November 2013
    Coming into force
    for the purposes of regulations 1 and 6
    16th December 2013

    for all other purposes 1st April 2014

    The Secretary of State for Health makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers
    conferred by sections 3(1B), 6E(1), (2) and (3) and 272(7) and (8) of the National Health Service
    Act 2006(a) and section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012(b)

    Waiting times and the 18 weeks referral to treatment (RTT) pledge

    The NHS Constitution gives patients the right to access services within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer you a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible.

    This right is a legal entitlement protected by law, and applies to the NHS in England. The maximum waiting times are described in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution.

    What to expect

    Your GP, dentist or other health professional will refer you to a specialist via the Choose and Book service or a referral letter
    Your 18 weeks waiting time starts on the day the hospital receives the referral letter or on the day you make the booking for your first appointment, via the choose and book service
    If you were referred by letter you will be called or asked to call, to make an outpatient appointment and offered a choice of dates. Or we will make a provisional appointment for you which you can choose to rearrange if the date and time are not convenient for you
    You will attend your first outpatient appointment
    You may be sent for a diagnostic test
    You may require a follow-up appointment
    If you need surgery you will need to attend a pre-admission appointment
    You may require treatment and a stay in hospital
    Your 18 weeks waiting time ‘clock’ ticks until you receive your first treatment.

    Even if you require all of the above tests and appointments this should take no longer than 18 weeks. Sometimes however, it may not be appropriate for you to receive treatment in 18 weeks. This may be because as a patient you:may need your condition to be actively monitored by UCLH without clinical intervention or diagnostic procedures at that stage
    choose to wait longer than 18 weeks.


    Hope this is useful see

    Cristine Jennifer Shye.  B/L.  B/Acc
    This post was edited by Cristine Jennifer Shye. BL at December 10, 2015 8:23 PM GMT
      December 10, 2015 7:31 PM GMT
  • Frequently asked questions

    Cristine Jennifer Shye.  B/L.  B/Acc
    This post was edited by Cristine Jennifer Shye. BL at December 10, 2015 8:13 PM GMT
      December 10, 2015 8:05 PM GMT
  • Thanks. I have seen my GP but he referred me to a Psychologist who tells me that it's not a problem and put me on a 1 year waiting list to see a Psychiatrist. He even said it was all down to bad childhood relationships with males in my family, but no help with what to do about it or where to go from here.

    There is no gender clinic on the island (but we are part of the NHS and UK). I really want to know more about hormones in case I do need to go down the transition route because I'm not getting any younger. But for now I just want to talk to a gender expert who can confirm what my traits mean i.e.where I am on the gender spectrum; personally I think I'm non-binary but I'm terrified of coming out on such a small island. I feel like I'm either sleepwalking into ruining my life or being the happiest I've ever been.

      December 10, 2015 8:33 PM GMT
  • I.O.M. comes under the West Midllands NHS, (so would imagine the revised targets would apply)   You need to see someone who is familiar with Gender Identity issues.     Refering you to the nearest GID clinic on the Mainland,    I should imagine travel costs like elsewhere will be down to you.

    Cristine Jennifer Shye.  B/L.  B/Acc
      December 10, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
  • Thanks. I'll ask my GP to refer me there.
      December 10, 2015 9:30 PM GMT
  • Please excuse my language but this is just one of many posts that has pissed me off. Members here do not have to respond to posts in these forums but only two members took the time to respond.

    Someone came here for help and advice and now they are gone. In the last 10 months I have watched this happen many times from outside and it is normally the same two responders. It could be that the member felt they did not fit in here and just decided to leave but , as Lucy has pointed out this is as good a place as any to find help and advice. I very much doubt that the former member got all the answers they were seeking and once they are gone no one has no idea what happens to these people.

    It would be nice to see more members joining in here and making new members feel that there are more than two people willing to offer a helping hand.

    Take care x

      February 12, 2016 8:26 AM GMT