Having surgery is one of many ways you could align your physical body to your gender. Jersey’s health service works with the NHS to offer onward referral for certain types of surgery that are available on the NHS.
For chest reconstruction or ‘top’ surgery, Jersey’s clinicians can provide a direct referral with the support of their NHS supervisor. For breast augmentation, we will work with you and NHS recommendations to find the most appropriate service for you.
For genital or ‘bottom’ surgery Jersey clinicians are unable to refer you directly as this requires two letters of recommendation. However, Jersey can provide one letter and the NHS Tavistock gender clinic is able to provide the other after an assessment with them. This can be done remotely and you do not need to necessarily travel to the UK for this. This process is in line with current NHS guidelines around surgical referrals.
As with any treatment, surgery comes with a number of risks as well as benefits. Therefore, it’s important that you consider whether this is an appropriate option for you and if you’re ready for a referral.
You are not obligated to undergo any surgery and you can choose at any point to opt in or out of a referral for surgery.
If you are unsure or would like more information, you can speak to any of the team at Papillon about your concerns.