Transgender woman ‘woke up on male hospital ward’ after routine knee surgery

A transgender woman woke up on a male ward after routine knee surgery, a new report has revealed.

The study found that LGBT+ women face "blatant discrimination" and a "surprising level of ignorance" in the healthcare system.

It highlights numerous cases where sexual minority women (SMW) experienced difficulties at the hands of medics and administrators.

In one case, a respondent to the research said: “In 2008 I had knee surgery and woke up on a male ward—clearly they had looked at my face and overruled my notes.”

Ignorance and discrimination continue to this day, the report , published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found.

Others said same-sex partners were not accepted by health service workers.

One respondent wrote: “The booking clerk asked me about my marital status. I said I’m civil partnered, she said what’s that? I said this is my partner we are in a civil partnership.

"She said I’ll put you down as single.”

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