|Radboud Teaching Hospital opens Centre for Trans and Intersex Youth|
by Redaktie in Health & Body , 28 April 2020
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he Radboudumc Amalia Children's Hospital has opened the Gender Expertise Centre, the first clinic to focus on transgender children and youth, which also includes the already existing centre for variations in sexual development.
This centre has created more freedom of choice for children and adolescents, the waiting lists for this group get shorter, and some of them can now also get care closer to home.
Until this centre, patients for medical transgender care could only go to the Amsterdam UMC or the UMC Groningen. Both have a waiting period of several years. Nearly 3,000 people were on the waiting list at the end of 2019. According to patient organization Transvisie, care demand has risen by 20% in the past year.
Children sometimes indicate that they are in the wrong body from the age of six. “Before you start puberty inhibitors, you want to have extensively spoken to the children concerned and know that you are starting the right process,” says Hedi Claahsen, paediatrician endocrinologist and coordinator of the new centre in newspaper Trouw. “Also, the supervision of both parents and child is very important. Every process is different.”
Transvision chairperson Lisa van Ginneken, together with her colleague Casper Martens, was involved as a sounding board from an early stage. “I think this is a good example of participation in healthcare. Instead of giving feedback afterwards, we contributed to the choices that still had to be made as our input was taken into account. I would like to thank the Radboud team for their trust and pleasant cooperation”.
The Radboud university medical centre hopes to be able to help about 140 young patients this year. Initially, this concerns children and youth on the waiting list in Amsterdam, to give the longest waiting children the first opportunity to receive treatment in Nijmegen. This concerns about 16 people per month. Children who are supervised by the Gender team South Netherlands and who are in need of medical treatment can now move on in the process. From September 2020, children can be referred directly to the Radboud university medical centre.
Starting next year, adults can also go there. In the coming years, the Radboudumc's Gender Expertise Centre will also focus on scientific research into transgender care, says Trouw. Transvision will also play a role in this. “Moving on to adult care, including surgery, is of course important to be able to offer children and young people a perspective,” says Van Ginneken. “The Radboud hospital is already thinking about how this care should be organized. “We will also contribute to this.”
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