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This applies to the Cardiff gender identity clinic which covers all of Wales I believe (though it's probably very inconvenient for people in North Wales to get to; I'm guessing they are still referred to somewhere in England).

My referral date: 28-10-2019
Date of letter: 06-01-2020
Currently seeing: Patients referred in 11-2017

Based on that, I could have a further 26 months to wait.

Ho hum...

At least they got my name right, because I changed that after the referral.
Started seriously questioning: 24 Aug 2019
Referred to GIC: 23 Sep 2019
Full-time female presentation since: 21 Oct 2019, unbroken since 12 Dec 2019
Official name change by deed poll: 11 Nov 2019
HRT: started 6 Apr 2021 via GenderCare/NHS shared care
Care switched to NHS: 22 Sep 2021
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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2020, 11:52:18 am »
The GICs are mind numbingly slow to me. I had hormones a week after I first spoke to my doctor in Boston.

Congratulations, though, the longest journey begins with a single step.  :)

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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2020, 01:55:13 pm »
I think I was actually first referred on 23 September 2019, so I'll query that. I remember they sent a questionnaire that had to be filled in and I saw a GP about that on 24 October. The letter says everyone is seen in strict order of referral date, so that could bring it a month closer.
Started seriously questioning: 24 Aug 2019
Referred to GIC: 23 Sep 2019
Full-time female presentation since: 21 Oct 2019, unbroken since 12 Dec 2019
Official name change by deed poll: 11 Nov 2019
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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2020, 02:35:29 pm »
This applies to the Cardiff gender identity clinic which covers all of Wales I believe (though it's probably very inconvenient for people in North Wales to get to; I'm guessing they are still referred to somewhere in England).

My referral date: 28-10-2019
Date of letter: 06-01-2020
Currently seeing: Patients referred in 11-2017

Based on that, I could have a further 26 months to wait.

Ho hum...

At least they got my name right, because I changed that after the referral.
I got referred in Nov 17 and have my first appointment finally on Jan 23rd (13 days time) xx



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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 02:37:04 pm »
well mine was 36 months and it will be 3 years and a month when I get 2nd visit!! Good job I made a start on HRT.
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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 02:47:04 pm »
No, us in North Wales are now being referred to Cardiff.... It's a long trek! And yes over 2 years waiting list too... Really stupid. I already have a good working relationship with my NHS endocrinologist, and a letter from a private psychiatrist stating I have GD, so I started HRT a while ago on the NHS - I sort of short-cut the system (though I did not need any referrals to see my endo). A lot of people use GenderGP now in the UK because of these astronomical waiting times.

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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2020, 10:55:55 am »
I've heard from someone that a lot of the first referral dates are wrong and if anybody has the wrong first date, they should contact the GIC about it.
Started seriously questioning: 24 Aug 2019
Referred to GIC: 23 Sep 2019
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Re: Got my referral letter to the Cardiff gender identity service today
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2020, 09:52:56 am »
I think I was actually first referred on 23 September 2019, so I'll query that. I remember they sent a questionnaire that had to be filled in and I saw a GP about that on 24 October. The letter says everyone is seen in strict order of referral date, so that could bring it a month closer.

Hello again Ellie

Congratulations on receiving the letter and I hope you are successful in bringing forward by a month (or more).

25 or 26 months is absolutely ridiculous a waiting time.

I decided on the private route as you know, but I feel for you and those who cannot afford private.

Hugs

Pamela  xx

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