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TRUST BRINGS TOGETHER LGB&T GROUPS

stmaryshospitalFollowing discussions with patients and staff, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is merging its separate groups into one single cohesive network group for Island lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and staff with the next meeting due to be held later this month.

As the only fully integrated NHS Trust in England, Isle of Wight NHS Trust provides a wide range of NHS services on the Island covering hospital, ambulance, community and mental health services.

Liz Nials, Equality and Diversity Lead said:

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“We wanted to make sure that we were providing the best possible service for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) patients and staff.   For this reason we set up the first LGB&T Patient and Staff Groupsin October.  They were a real success and following discussions with both groups we are merging the groups into one single NHS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network.”

The Trust’s LGB&T Network Group is a group made up of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, (patients, NHS Staff, family members, and carers) from the Island, who can act as a ‘critical friend’ for the Trust by discussing the services the Trust offers and how improvements can be made for the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, carers, visitors and the Trust.   This advice is similar to that provided to the Trust by a whole range of other patient support groups from across the Island.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender and have used the Trust’s services, are a family member or carer of someone who has, or you are a member of staff at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, then you can become a member of the LGB&T NHS Network Group.

Participants in the network are encouraged to become Members of the Trust to ensure that the views of the LGB&T community are represented through the Membership and in due course through the Trust’s Council of Governors.

The next meeting of the NHS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network will be held on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 commencing at 18:30 in the Education Centre at St Mary’s Hospital.  Light refreshments will be available.

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If you are able to attend or want to find out more about the Network please contact Liz Nials, Equality and Diversity Lead either by email; [email protected] or phone 01983 822099 ext 6727 | Mobile 07786525584.

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