To ensure patients get dignified and compassionate health care, new guidance has been drawn up for staff caring for transgender people with dementia, in North Wales.

There has been a three-fold increase in people referring for gender identity treatment since 2014. Last year, 75 people from Wales were referred for the treatment.

Margaret Hanson, vice chairwoman and older person’s champion of BCUHB, said:-

“These guidelines are real proof of what the NHS can do when staff listen to what those we serve truly need and I hope they will bring about real change in how the NHS in north Wales supports this unique, but vulnerable, group of older citizens.”

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) have said they believe it is the first time in the UK to develop such guidelines.