An individual does not need to seek medical intervention as part of a transition process, although they may choose to do so. In the UK the initial point of contact is normally the person’s GP. For students this would be their college doctor. The GP can refer to specialist Gender Identity Clinics for assessment and treatment, but there may be long waiting lists.
This may be a distressing time, so we would encourage students to seek support from the college doctor, the college nurse or the Counselling Service. Support may also be available through the Disability Advisory Service, if a student has been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Help is also available through the national MindLine Trans+ helpline: www.bristolmind.org.uk/help-and-counselling/mindline-transplus.
A GP may be able to prescribe ‘bridging’ endocrine treatments as part of a holding and harm reduction strategy while the patient awaits specialised endocrinology or other gender identity treatment. Endocrine treatments should be given under medical supervision and appropriately monitored, so self-medication is strongly discouraged.
The University does not pay for private medical treatment, including specialist counselling.