Service in Stonewall top 10 Healthcare Equality Index

Stonewall, has today (23 April) published the results of its Healthcare Equality Index, showcasing the most gay-friendly healthcare organisations in England and the London Ambulance Service has been recognised in the top 10.

The charity’s Healthcare Equality Index audits the Service’s performance on how well it meets the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, carers and their families.

This year thirty nine healthcare organisations entered the Index and for the third time in a row, the Service was listed in the top 10. Assessments were made against criteria including policy and practice, engagement and communication, health promotion and staff training.

Steph Adams, Joint Chair of the Service’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender forum and Greenwich Ambulance Operations Manager said: “We are proud once again to be listed as a top ten performer on the Index, leading the way for inclusive services for all.

“It is really important for us to recognise healthcare issues for all groups of patients and ensure our response recognises the needs of the individual.”

The Service was rated the sixth highest NHS organisation in the list and the only ambulance NHS trust to make the list. Earlier this year the Service also featured in Stonewall’s Top 100 list of gay friendly employers, which celebrates the best employers offering a comfortable working environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

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