"Homophobic reaction by GP"

About: Leeds PCT

(as the patient),

I went to see my GP to get a prescription for medication recommended by my consultant. I could not see my usual GP so saw another.

The medicine causes birth defects so it is important not to get pregnant when taking it. The doctor asked me in a patronising way whether I was in a relationship at the moment, and was I taking contraception? The doctor could have just said that it caused birth defects.

I eventually had to tell the doctor that I am gay and so don't need contraception and the doctor looked visibly shocked and said "What?!" so I had to explain again, which was unneccesary and embarassing.

I think that this was a homophobic reaction and that the doctor should have to go for some diversity training. I cannot be the only gay patient the doctor has ever seen and medical staff should not react in this way.

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Response from Involvement Facilitator, NHS Leeds

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at your GP Practice.

I was sorry to learn of the patronising manner in which the GP addressed you and furthermore, of his reaction when you explained your sexuality.

If you let us know which GP Practice this incident refers to, we shall contact the Practice Manager to get a response.

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