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​A very proud moment for Woolstone!

Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams, joined the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan on Wednesday 16 October to congratulate Woolstone Medical Centre on receiving a Pride in Practice 'Gold Award' for delivering a fully inclusive healthcare service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients.

Pride in Practice trains practitioners to meet the needs of their LGBT patients, from making a practice more welcoming to ensuring that patients are addressed in an appropriate way.

It has been developed by the LGBT Foundation and funded by the Government Equalities Office. 

The programme package includes myth-busting training, support to deliver effective active signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities, and ongoing support.

In Lewisham, in only three months, 63 per cent of GP services have registered. And of the health professionals who have received training, all of them felt more informed afterwards.

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Baroness Williams said: "It is vital that LGBT people are able to access appropriate healthcare and are treated with respect.

"I would like to congratulate Woolstone Medical Centre on achieving the Gold Award for the Pride in Practice programme, showing a real commitment to ensuring they serve LGBT people in a supportive and respectful manner."

Dr Seb Kalwij, Clinical Director with lead responsibility for Equality and Diversity, said: "The feedback from those who have taken part in Pride in Practice has been overwhelmingly positive, with many reporting that it's been informative, interesting and made a tangible difference.

"I encourage any practice that has not taken part to do so – it'll bring significant and changes to the way that you engage LGBT patients."

The Pride in Practice programme is endorsed and informed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of General Practitioners, Care Quality Commission, and the Government Equalities Office.

Any pharmacy or practice wishing to join Pride in Practice should email PIP@LGBT.Foundation