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Healthcare sector has much hurt to undo when it comes to LGBTQ+ community

Suzanne Crowe


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Roberta Aherne and Roberta Bari enjoy the Dublin Pride Parade last month. Photo: David Conachy

Roberta Aherne and Roberta Bari enjoy the Dublin Pride Parade last month. Photo: David Conachy

Dr Suzanne Crowe is president of the Medical Council

Dr Suzanne Crowe is president of the Medical Council

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Roberta Aherne and Roberta Bari enjoy the Dublin Pride Parade last month. Photo: David Conachy

A recent conference on how we can improve our care for older people in the LGBTQ+ community will leave a positive impression, but we need to keep up the momentum when Pride month is over.

Many patients from the LGBTQ+ community report difficulties accessing appropriate and respectful physical and mental health support, especially older patients. Psychological safety when using health services is vital to the trust any person needs to feel able to be their authentic self, to be heard and feel cared for. Older patients may require personal care in their homes, or care settings, which can be incredibly stressful due to past traumatic healthcare experiences.


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