Healthcare survey for lesbian and bisexual women

The local NHS is encouraging lesbian and bisexual women in Bradford and Airedale to take part in a survey to find out about their recent experience of using healthcare services.

This follows up on successful work that has been done over the last few years to increase the take-up of cervical screening in this group of women.

Dr Richard Falls, clinical lead for equality and diversity at Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“Working with the Equity Partnership, we really got to the heart of the issues which had prevented some women from getting screened for cervical cancer. We’re now very keen to build on that work and see how things have improved or if any barriers to accessing healthcare services remain.”

A myth-busting campaign was developed by the NHS and Bradford’s Equity Partnership to encourage more lesbian and bisexual women in Bradford and Airedale to get screened for cervical cancer.

Following research which showed that many lesbian and bisexual women did not think they needed to be screened for cervical cancer, NHS Bradford and Airedale worked with Bradford’s Equity Partnership to develop a new patient information leaflet aimed specifically at lesbian and bisexual women.

The leaflet, titled ‘Women who only have sex with women do need cervical screening’, was written by a lesbian for lesbians and bisexual women. It aims to bust some of the myths that may be stopping this group of women from getting screened for cervical cancer: a potentially life threatening condition.

The campaign, which has been nationally recognised, was also supported by the Department of Health’s Pacesetters programme which aims to support the NHS in reducing local health inequalities for patients and communities.

Now the NHS is asking lesbian and bisexual women to have their say about local healthcare services to find out if improvements have been made; and if further work needs to be done to make services more accessible and relevant for them.

Women can take part in the survey on the Equity Partnerships website.