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Offline Alice Skye

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unacceptable waiting times
« on: September 22, 2019, 10:30:47 pm »
Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service

The current waiting time for a first appointment is 26 months.

The current waiting time for a second appointment is 20months.

The overall waiting time for new referrals from referral to treatment is 46 months.

Updated September 2019
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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2019, 10:36:38 pm »
Hi Alice,

That is just ludicrous!! I can't believe people there have to wait so long for help. I mean I can believe because it's true, but it's simply mind boggling. I'm so sorry you all have to suffer that long before you can get help.  >:(
 
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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 12:44:51 pm »
Four years?...

I suppose I've gone through about 40 through my life already. If another four years is what it takes, I suppose that's it.

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2019, 01:03:07 pm »
Its why so many in UK go private....just had my letter through tell me 2.5 yrs :)
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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2019, 01:11:27 pm »
I just moved to the UK and I'll be going to my first ever doctor's appointment here Wednesday. I'm post-op, and I'm curious to see if they put me straight on estradiol, or try to run me through the GIC as a new patient. I'll just go private if they do, but it should be interesting.
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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2019, 01:48:22 pm »
Oh my good that is insane!

I’m not surprised about the long waiting for the first appointment but the second! It sounds like a complete disaster.

In Sweden the queues are just increasing but I believe average now is one year for the first appointment. When you have gotten the first appointment they prioritize you and things actually speeds up.

But do you only have 2 appointments in Britain in order to receive treatment?

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2019, 01:59:10 pm »
That’s discouraging.  I guess all the more reason to get on the waiting list straight away.  No point soul searching for some time before going to my GP then having to wait four years for any treatment.

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2019, 04:26:13 pm »
I had to go private I will be 71 in 4 years time!!

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2019, 04:34:23 pm »
Well I got referred Feb 17 and have my first appointment Nov 12th , just hope the next ones are quicker as letter says 3 visits before they decide anything. Hoping me being on HRT and full time helps , I wanted to be "sorted"  before I retire but that's only 17 months away
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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2019, 09:57:37 pm »
Wow!!!  4 years!!!

It took me about 5 months from when I told my doctor I wanted hormones until I saw the endocrinologist and got my prescription.
I'm a 67 year old AMAB who has been thinking about SRS for many years.  I also was a  full cross dresser for a few years.  I wear a bra, pantyhose and nail polish daily because it just feels right.

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2019, 04:36:57 am »
You think you are bad, try northern Ireland.
The Brakenburn clinic has been totally disbanded because nobody will agree and take the seat in Stormont!
People who where waiting years have been folding nothing is happening now.
I knew it when my position in the queue hadn't change in nearly two years!
I'm just lucky I'm already on hormones and no one can stop that.
Still there are other things I need and nothing is happening for anyone here.



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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2019, 10:14:35 am »
I was referred to Charing Cross hospital in October 1989. My first appointment was in May 1991.I had hoped things were improving

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2019, 10:22:50 am »
So sorry to hear this...

There seems to be increasing queues in most places now.
As Swedishgirl96 said, the situation is Sweden is insane as well...
At least 12 months waiting for your first visit and then 1-4 years of diagnostics...
AND then year long queues for the actual treatments like HRT, voice and hair removal.

I am 55 in December and I cannot bear to wait maybe 3 years for my HRT so I am seriously looking into alternatives in the US instead.
« Last Edit: September 24, 2019, 12:19:08 pm by Anna_Swe »

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2019, 10:32:02 am »
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There seems to be increasing queues in most places now.

In Ontario, a huge backlog was created when the protocols changed in March 2016, to make accessing trans services much easier.
I'm a 67 year old AMAB who has been thinking about SRS for many years.  I also was a  full cross dresser for a few years.  I wear a bra, pantyhose and nail polish daily because it just feels right.

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2019, 09:33:22 am »
and now private is so inundated with people who can't wait anymore than THEY can't take new patients either.

So we're all just screwed.

It's difficult to see a way forward.

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2019, 11:46:24 pm »
I think waiting times for specialists are there all over the place.  It took me over 6 months to get into a special transgender endo, and now, just for seeing a voice pathologist I have to wait over a month!


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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2019, 12:35:19 am »
I think waiting times for specialists are there all over the place.  It took me over 6 months to get into a special transgender endo, and now, just for seeing a voice pathologist I have to wait over a month!

Hi Linde,                      21 October 2019

A lot of the wait times in the US result from not picking the right doctors. I had one endo take my referral to another Dr. in the practice and made me wait 3 months to see him when I wasn't even referred to him.

I looked around and found an endo that saw me four days after I called. Took me 5 weeks and one day from the time of my first counselor meeting and my surgery (orchi). I'm not one to take NO lightly.

Take care my friend.

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Re: unacceptable waiting times
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2019, 07:04:37 am »
Hi Linde,                      21 October 2019

A lot of the wait times in the US result from not picking the right doctors. I had one endo take my referral to another Dr. in the practice and made me wait 3 months to see him when I wasn't even referred to him.

I looked around and found an endo that saw me four days after I called. Took me 5 weeks and one day from the time of my first counselor meeting and my surgery (orchi). I'm not one to take NO lightly.

Take care my friend.

Best Always, Love

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Hello Christine, I think it depends on where you live.  I live in the waiting room to heaven, which means, most physicians are specialising in geriatric problems.  There are not too many old folks who want to become a different than their ASAB gender.  As a result of it, I can see a million and a half endos who specialize in diabetes, kidney problems, and similar medical problems.  However in this population center here where I live, with more than 1 1/2 million people, there are only two endos who do trans and fertility stuff (trans is a sideline for them), and that is the problem with the wait time for endos (they are so overrun, they don't even take insurance at all, they don't need to take it!).  There is only one voice pathologist in the entire area (it is a 45 miles drive one way), who accepts my health insurance, but there are not many of them around anyway.  It is the same as with the endos, old folks don't care anymore, if they have a beautiful voice or not, and not many pathologists decide to practice here.
All services for old people are great here, better than I experienced anywhere, but that does not help me in my situation.  But I don't feel like moving.  That is the reason why I go up to Minnesota to the Mayo Clinic for any major stuff.


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