In 1998, our clinic began seeing transgender and gender-questioning youth and young adults, and we now have one of the busiest clinics in North America. At BCCH, our team (Endocrinologist, Endocrine Nurse Clinician, and Social Worker/Counsellor)—working in partnership with BCCH and community mental health professionals (Psychiatrists and Psychologists) and the BC Transgender Clinical Care Group—functions as a “clinic without walls” to deliver endocrine care (puberty blockers and cross-hormone therapy) to this population.
In general, our clinic will see new patients only after the beginning stages of puberty, or later, up to the age of about 18. The majority of patients will have been evaluated by one of the mental health professionals in BC who are competent in the diagnosis and management of gender dysphoria in youth. As elsewhere across BC, our care is delivered according to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care 7.
Since we are a subspecialty clinic, it is necessary for the patient to be referred to us by a Family Practitioner or other physician.