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Swindon NHS Staff Support LGBTQ+ patients

Staff at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital have signed up for a new scheme supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are being represented and supported at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust thanks to the NHS Rainbow Badge Project. Staff across the Trust are signing up to become Rainbow Warriors, and receive an NHS Rainbow Badge to wear.

The Great Western Hospital offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for all our staff, patients, and their families including those who identify as LGBTQ+. The Rainbow badge identifies that the wearer is there to listen to an individual without judgement and can signpost to further support if needed.

The project, set up by Michael Farquhar from Evelina London Children’s Hospital, aims to actively break down barriers that LGBTQ+ people may face within the NHS.

“Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are more common in people who identify as LGBTQ+. Many still feel afraid to disclose their sexuality or gender identity and, for those who do, barriers still impact on their ability to access key health and care services,” said Daniel Boden, Trust lead for LGBTQ+.

He added: “As advocates, people who work in healthcare can play key role in making things better. Simple, visible symbols, including the new rainbow badges, can make a big difference for those who are unsure of both themselves and the reception they will receive if they disclose their sexuality or gender identity.