A first of its kind survey to find new ways to improve healthcare for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is getting underway.
The Lincolnshire LGBT+ Patient Group is urging as many people as possible to take part in an online survey of health and social care services. The survey, which will be completed anonymously, is also being supported by Healthwatch Lincolnshire, who represent local health and social care service users.
Aiming to encourage participation from a wide range of LGBT people (those who are not ‘out’, those who live in rural communities, older people, and those who belong to minority groups) the survey has been developed by LGBT patients and service users.
Research conducted nationally suggests that members of LGBT communities may sometimes experience problems with healthcare services. Also, research has shown that some people worry about how doctors and other medical staff will react to talking about LGBT issues.
Rachel Higgins, Chair of the Lincolnshire LGBT+ Patient Group said: “We are delighted to be supporting the very first LGBT+ patient survey in Lincolnshire and will be using the results to help improve local services.”
She added: “If you have anything to say – good or bad – about Lincolnshire health services, now is your chance to let us know.”
The survey can be completed online directly on the Lincolnshire LGBT+ Patient Group website. Paper copies are also available by contacting Healthwatch on 01205 820892.
The finding of the survey will be published in September 2015.