June marks Pride Month, a celebration of inclusivity, equality and visibility of all those who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Sandyford is committed to developing and supporting the health and wellbeing of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Changes to Blood Donation
On Monday 14 June, which coincided with World Blood Donor Day, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) announced the introduction of new, fairer ways of assessing people who can give blood.
The changes mean that UK blood services will assess blood donor eligibility on a person-by-person basis and all donors will be asked the same questions about their recent sexual activity to ensure blood safety. This change allows previously excluded potential donors, including gay and bisexual men, to give blood and contribute to this life-saving service.
Sandyford is proud to be supporting SNBTS regarding these changes, and earlier this month Nicky Coia (Health Improvement Manager – Sexual Health) and Richard Kennedy (Consultant in Genitourinary and HIV Medicine) both shared their thoughts on the developments.
National Survey for LGBTQIA+ Community Living in Scotland
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, alongside NHS Lothian and Public Health Scotland are conducting a national online survey to collate data regarding the health and wellbeing of people in the LGBTQIA+ community, currently residing in Scotland. Findings from completed surveys will be published later this year. To find out more about the survey, or to take part, click here.
Sandyford’s LGBT Charter of Rights Gold Level
In 2019, Sandyford was awarded the LGBT Charter of Rights Gold level in recognition of its commitment to LGBT staff and service users. The Gold Charter was awarded by LGBT Youth Scotland, Scotland’s national charity for LGBTQIA+ young people, which provides youth work focusing on topics such as health and wellbeing and human rights.
Over the past two years, Sandyford has retained this award due to its commitment and dedication to providing an inclusive and high-quality service for young people. Sandyford is delighted to still currently hold the Gold award, which reinforces the message that Sandyford places equality and diversity at the heart of its organisation.
For information on The Steve Retson Project, Sandyford’s specialist service for gay and bisexual men, click here.
For information on Sandyford’s Gender Clinic during COVID, click here.