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Concern over transgender daughter's referral wait

Concerns have been raised about care for transgender people in Wales - with some waiting up to four years to see a specialist.

Wales currently does not have a Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), so people are referred to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in London.

But campaigners said the wait for a referral means some Welsh people are resorting to buying hormones online.

The Welsh Government said £1m extra funding announced in its draft budget for gender identity and eating disorder clinics in Wales would improve support.

Rowan, 17, from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, is a transgender female and first approached her GP two years ago but is still waiting to be referred to a gender identity specialist - a process that itself can take two years.

Her mother Ceri Lambert said the wait was "heartbreaking".

  • 25 Oct 2016