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<div class="ExternalClass961FE83288DE4533B65DCFFA827734B3"><p>Trans Specialty Care offers knowledgeable and specialized care to transgender and gender diverse persons living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. We offer hormone initiation and stabilization, surgical referrals, and post-operative nursing care. We also are a consultation service and work together with your primary care provider, if you have one. Services include hormone starts and stabilization, surgical care planning and referrals and post-operative nursing care<br></p><p>Are you a new client? <a href="/Pages/Contact-the-Trans-Specialty-Care-Program.aspx?res_id=1342">Learn more about Trans Specialty Care and what to expect.</a><br></p><p> <strong>COVID-19 update:</strong> Our program remains open at this time and we are continuing to see both new and existing clients. To support continued social distancing efforts, we remain seeing folks through virtual care (Zoom) or by telephone. We have returned to in person appointments, and require 1 of our 2 intake appointments to be in-person. If you need to get in touch with us to reschedule an appointment, please call (604) 331-8901. This is not a crisis service. If you are in crisis, please call 9-1-1, visit your nearest emergency room or call the BC Crisis Line toll-free at: 1-800-784-2433.<br></p><h2> How to access<br></h2><p></p><h3></h3><h3>Self-referrals:</h3><p>You can self refer by calling our TSC intake clerk at (604) 331-8901 or through our <a href="" target="_blank">online referral form</a>.<br></p><h3>Through your family doctor/nurse practitioner:<br></h3><p>Your primary care clinician can also fax a referral to (604) 844-2223. The intake clerk will contact you to follow up and confirm your waitlist placement within 1-2 business days. Please let your physician know about the best way for us to contact you.<br></p> </div>1128 Hornby Street(604) 844-2223(604) 331-8901 V6Z 2L4BC49.2789136,-123.1268908<div class="ExternalClass25E0E1C3F5E74C058646F8ACAC350913"><p>You can self refer by calling our TSC intake clerk at (604) 331-8901 or through the <a href="" target="_blank">online contact form​</a>.</p><p>Your primary care clinician can also fax a referral to (604) 844-2223. The intake clerk will call you with an appointment with a nurse within 1-2 weeks.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass75958F04D1544B7FBD81731BFE311B6A"><h3>For clients<br></h3><ul><li><a href="/Documents/Trans-Specialty-Care-Pamphlet.pdf" target="_blank">Trans specialty care pamphlet</a></li><li><a href="/Documents/Trans-Specialty-Care-First-Appointments.pdf" target="_blank">What will my first appointments look like? Info sheet</a><br></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Trans Care BC</a><br></li></ul><h3>For health care providers<br></h3><ul><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Rapid Access to Consultative Experience line</a> </li><li> <a href="/Documents/TSC-Referral-Form-for-Surgical-Readiness-Assessment.pdf" target="_blank">Trans specialty care referral form for surgical care</a> </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Trans Care BC</a><br></li></ul></div><div class="ExternalClass14661EC567A2414191AA96D36469CE1A"><p>Services are provided to people 15 and older living in the <a href="">Vancouver Coastal Health region</a>. Youth (15-18 years), refugee claimants, and individuals with post-operative complications who live outside the VCH Region will be given special consideration on a case-by-case basis.</p><p>Clients must have valid health insurance (either through MSP or through another Canadian Province) or be covered under interim Federal Health Insurance (e.g. refugee claimants, protected persons) to access treatment. If you do not have medical health insurance, as you may be responsible for out-of-pocket costs such as labs/blood work.</p><p>If you have questions regarding program eligibility, please email <a href=""></a>. If you live outside of the VCH region, please contact <a href="">Transcare BC's Care Coordination team</a> for help with finding care in your area.<br></p></div>Three Bridges Community Health CentreInformation for health care providersFAQs about Trans Specialty Care<div class="ExternalClassF888C5F187914E90B029C89575AA44F7"><p>Most of our doctors provide transgender health advice through BC’s <a href="" target="_blank">Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE) line</a>. Please contact the Trans Health Doctor on Call through RACE.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass5EAF2954EB714559B01E16F45E3F85B6"><h2></h2></div><h3>What if all I need is a surgery recommendation and do not want hormones?</h3><p>We offer surgery care planning, referrals and system navigation even for patients who are not interested or ready to proceed with hormone initiation. For questions about the referral requirements for the surgery you are interested in, please contact one of our team members @ 604-331-8901 or <a href=""></a>. If you are living outside of Vancouver Coastal Health's regional catchment and are above the age of 18, please contact Trans Care BC for getting connected to a surgical care professional.</p><h3>I am going out-of-province for my surgery.  Can I get post-op help when I get back?  </h3><p>Yes!  Please contact us as soon as you have your surgery date.  Our nursing team will connect with you before you go for surgery and help you prepare.  They will also set up care for you once you return to BC.</p><h3>What if I don't have MSP?</h3><p>If you do not have current medical coverage, please let us know in advance. Find more information on MSP and the interim federal health insurance program: </p><a href=""></a><ul><a href=""></a><li><a href=""></a><a href="">MSP - Eligibility?</a><br></li><li><a href="">MSP - Working Holiday Programs</a></li><li><a href="">Interim Federal Health Program - Eligibility </a></li></ul><h3>Can I get on hormones faster if I have seen a mental health professional for a hormone readiness assessment?   <br></h3><p>Unfortunately, not through our service. A hormone readiness assessment may shorten the number of appointments needed with the doctor, but our doctors still want some time to get to know you prior to initiating any therapy. To be fair to everyone, we ask everyone to wait on the same list. However, your hormone readiness recommendation letter now allows you to access an endocrinologist who may have shorter wait times. Our intake nurse can provide you with names of endocrinologists in Vancouver that you can take to your family doctor or a walk-in clinic to obtain a referral. <br></p>

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