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LGBT at Trinity Hospice

On Wednesday 17th September, Dr Richard Harding participated in a panel discussion and Q&A exploring the issues around death and dying in the LGB and / or T (lesbian, gay, bisexual and / or transgendered) communities, at the launch of the LGBT friends group at Trinity Hospice. Led by Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Trinity Hospice, also participating were Dr Sam Lund, Medical Director of Trinity Hospice, James Taylor, Head of Policy at Stonewall, and Poppy Mardall, Chief Executive of Poppy Funerals. 

Discussions revolved around the potential barriers to accessing hospice care for those from the LGB and / or T communities, involvement of chosen family and friends in care and decisions, and the work currently being undertaken to develop stronger links between the LGB and / or T communities and hospice and palliative care. 

Trinity Hospice are currently working closely with researchers from the Cicely Saunders Institute on the ACCESSCare project, which is looking to improve demand for and supply of palliative and end of life care for those who identify as LGB and / or T. The ACCESSCare project will involve in depth qualitative interviews with people who identify as LGB and/or T and are in the later stages of a life-limiting illness, as well as with bereaved caregivers of transgendered people who died a predictable death from a progressive illness or condition. The project, which started in April of this year, will be open and recruiting later this month. The findings from the previous literature and the qualitative interviews will be used to shape the mass media resources for the LGB and/or T communities, as well as the training for health care professionals. 

For more information contact Dr Katherine Bristowe, Research Associate for the ACCESSCare project, on the dedicated ACCESSCare email address: