Access to Health for LGBTQIA+ Residents in Southend

Healthwatch Southend prepared a report looking at the experiences of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and use NHS services locally.


Healthwatch Southend wanted to find out whether the picture was the same in Southend. We put together a survey that included questions about experiences of discrimination, negative attitudes and barriers to care.  We followed this up with a Focus Group, inviting services users to have their say and we had input from two experts in the field of Social Care provision and Maternity Services for the LGBTQIA+ communities.  We also asked services providers what progress they have made in addressing these issues and barriers to accessing care.

Key Findings

  • Reluctance of patients to disclose sexuality or gender identification
  • Several experiences of negative attitudes and discrimination
  • Avoidance of seeking out treatment for a wide range of health problems
  • Lower levels of patient satisfaction where Pride in Practice not yet embedded


LGBTQI+ report

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