Cllr Ed Davie is the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, and a councillor in Thornton Ward.
Lambeth Labour is determined to close the health gap so that all our residents enjoy the healthiest, longest lives they can.
Often it is minority communities who have the shortest healthy life expectancies because of discrimination and inequality.
As part of this effort to close the gap Lambeth Council, which arranges sexual health services for our residents and those in neighbouring Southwark and Lewisham, has commissioned a new clinic at King’s College Hospital which specialises in supporting trans people with their health needs.
In April this year, the UK’s first health clinic for trans people opened in King’s College Hospital. The hospital, the local authorities including Lambeth who are supporting it, and the trans community that use the service have confirmed how welcome and needed it is.
Trans people face huge barriers when it comes to accessing healthcare – access to hormone treatment, counselling, sexual assault support and hate crime support, housing advice, and the prep impact trial – all of these things can depend on being lucky enough to be seen by somebody when accessing healthcare services who has knowledge of trans issues and is supportive. A new hospital clinic offering a holistic approach will ensure that those barriers can be removed, and that trans people can get the support and care that they need.
Since opening in April , King’s College Hospital’s new specialist trans health clinic has given people who often face serious barriers to care, an informed, respectful, dedicated and local service. I’m really proud that Lambeth is supporting this clinic. From black mental health, to leading the Do It London HIV campaign, our borough has a proud record of working with minority communities and I’ve very pleased that this clinic builds on that record. I’m certain that the clinic will make a positive difference, increase learning and awareness, both for health professionals and for trans and non-binary people themselves. Closing the health inequalities gap is pivotal to what we do as a council.
Lambeth has one of the largest populations of LGBT+ people anywhere in the UK – it is right therefore that as a borough we are leading on making a more inclusive and accessible society for LGBT+ people, particularly those that are trans, to live in.
The walk-in clinic opens every Tuesday from 4pm – 7pm at the Caldecot Centre at King’s College Hospital, or appointments can be booked. The new service is funded by the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham and the Health Innovation Network (South London).
Cllr Ed Davie