LGBTQ+ Friendly Practice

At Al-Shifa Medical Centre we are committed to ensuring people feel confident to use our services no matter who they are, and we are committed to making sure all our patients feel supported and listened to. The practice holds a Gold Award from Pride in Practice.

If you would like to discuss any of this or would like to speak to someone regarding registration or the practice, please contact reception directly on 0161 434 2753. We do remind all our LBGTQ+ patients to remember we are not a gender clinic and can’t take share agreements from private organisations which are not recognised by the NHS.

Statistics from the LGBT Foundation website

  • 1 in 5 lesbian, gay and bisexual patients report that their sexual orientation is a factor in them delaying accessing health services.(Richardson, Jo. 2010)
  • 1 in 4 lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not out to any health professionals. (NHS Wirral, 2012)
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual patients are twice as likely to report they have no trust or confidence in their GP. (National GP Survey 2012)
  • 3 in 4 trans people have been called the wrong name or pronoun by a health professional (J. McNeil, 2012)
  • If LGBT people have experienced discrimination at any point, their fear of further discrimination will often prevent them from speaking out. (D.Herda 2013)
  • 68% of LGBT people surveyed reported being sexually harassed at work, yet two-thirds didn’t report it to their employer (2019)
  • 81% of LGBT people who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police (2017)
  • 41% of trans people and 31% of non-binary people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months (2018)

There is further information and support available below: