anonymous asked:

hey, charing cross seem to have shortened their letter waiting time by quite a lot- me and a friend who both had appointments in the last week of january have both gotten letters from them this week and last week, so just over a 6 week wait roughly!

Brilliant news :) thanks for sharing, glad you got your letters so quickly!

~ James

anonymous asked:

How many appointments do you need at Charing Cross before you can be referred for top surgery?

I forgot to add to the question about how many appointments you need at Charing Cross before you can get referred for surgery, I’ve been at the under 18 Tavistock for a year and I’ve had the initial assessment there

They may take your Tavistock assessment into account, which can cut out one of the appointments at Charing Cross, although I don’t know if this is universal, so bear that in mind too.  And of course there is never any guarantee that something is going to happen after x number of appointments.

However, if you’re not on testosterone already then you’d possibly get the go ahead for this after the first appointment.  Then you’d need to be on testosterone for at least 6 months and have one or two more appointments to obtain a referral for top surgery.

If you’ve already been on testosterone for 6 months then you’d most likely need two appointments for a top surgery referral from them.

~ Alex

anonymous asked:

I have my first appointment at Charing Cross on Monday, could you tell me what will happen at my first appointment?

I don’t know if you’ve ever had an initial psych assessment before, but they are all roughly the same and rather general. You will probably be asked many of the following:

  • why you’re there and what you hope to gain from your appointments and treatment at the GIC
  • medical/surgical history (sometimes they ask for details of mental/physical illness in your immediate family too)
  • social history (including experience of childhood, relationship with your family, education, and your experience of your gender and when you realised you were trans)
  • mental health history
  • whether you’re currently or have in the past had any treatment for gender dysphoria (including self medicating)
  • criminal history, drug abuse or addictions
  • whether you are out to friends, family, partners etc, whether they are supportive, whether you are living full time as male/have legally changed your name etc.
  • You may be asked about your sexuality and sexual history
  • how informed you are about transition/what your current thoughts are about what treatment you want
  • whether you have considered fertility issues

Unless you have come up from the Tavistock and Portman clinic, there will be no treatment decisions made at your first appointment. You will be given a little slip of paper to give to the receptionists at the end, and they will book you a second assessment with another clinician (usually about 6 months later) - the second appointment is where you may be given the go ahead for testosterone (or top surgery, if already on testosterone). It’s best to ask the receptionists to sort out your appointment there and then, if you have the time to wait (it can take them up to half an hour to sort it out) because it’s far easier to get them to change it if they give you a date/time you can’t make.

Usually the doctor you see will give you a sheaf of blood tests and send you along to Charing Cross hospital (a short walk from the clinic) to get some pre-t bloods taken. These get looked at by the clinic’s endo team to check that there’s nothing that needs investigating (common issues are elevated testosterone and elevated prolactin). If you hear from the clinic about your bloods you may need to make an appointment with their endo team, or get your GP to arrange repeat tests or scans, but if you don’t hear, that generally means they’ve not found anything untoward in your bloods.

Followers, have I forgotten anything?

~ James

Charing Cross GIC feedback

1. Stopped doing london rush hour tube travelling years ago and forgot how mind numbingly horrid it is. Never ever travelling across london to try and get somewhere super fucking important for 9am again. Ended up running down the Fulham road in heels. Fuck!

2. Felt super good today and clear of mind. I was delivering early morning middle aged quirky cute and it felt correct.

3. The dapper doctor lorimer is really super lovely. Ended up having a wonderful conversation about everything. earliest memories of gender confusion, family, did I ever fapp into dresses?? (By the way noooo ew!), surgery?? What I wanted, friends, the profound feeling and spiritual confirmation of hormones and sexuality stuff (which I was surprised with, but actually relieved to talk about)

4. The self meddling saved my life but I’m ready to move forward with my life and today was a watershed day. Ace!

5. They’ve taken over my hormone regime and reckon my DIY skills are spot on. But they will get me off spiro and onto something else after they’ve looked at my bloods from today.

6. Back there in September for my 2nd assessment, boob inspection and further surgery talk.

7. All good

8. Got really stressed before hand and by the time I’d got back home had a massive headache.. Passed out and missed going out :( but all in all a very good day.

9. Celebrated by buying some records.

10. still need some cuddly fun.

First appointment at Charing Cross GIC

So I had my first appointment at Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic today. I saw Dr Tony Kainth for about an hour. He was really good, and nice and friendly :) he asked me various questions about my past and how I feel about my body etc. because I’m already on testosterone we talked about how I’m getting on on that too. I have to see a different doctor in about 6 months for a second opinion and then hopefully I can get on my way to top surgery! Overall the appointment was good, I was sort of dreading it as I’ve heard some rubbish things about Charing Cross, but apart from the huge waiting time, it was good :)

anonymous asked:

I'm being referred to West London GIC. I was wondering if anyone has had experience at this clinic and whether they are good to work with?

We will have many followers at this clinic (also known as Charing Cross GIC) as it is the biggest GIC in the UK in terms of patient numbers. I myself am a patient there (though I will reblog with my experiences on my private account, as I don’t think it’s fair for me to use this blog as a platform to air my personal views and experiences). 

Overall, I would just say that the clinic has its strengths and weaknesses just like any other GIC, and it’s really up to you based on what you hear from others whether you would like to go there. If you are in Wales, unfortunately you have no choice but to go there, but if you are in England, you can attend any other English GIC - you would just need to go back to your GP with the contact details of the GIC you would like to go to, and ask to be referred. We have a list of GICs (with contact details and websites, where available, here)

Any followers want to share their experiences?

~ James