NHSGGC celebrates 6th year of support for Pride Glasgow

A number of our staff were at the Pride Glasgow festival, Scotland’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) celebration, earlier this month at the city’s Kelvingrove Park.

Though the emphasis was on fun, there remains a serious side. LGBTI people still experience persecution and discrimination. There are countries where being in a same-sex relationship is considered a serious crime and in a few it’s punishable by death.

As a health board, we were celebrating our sixth consecutive year at Pride Glasgow by talking with festival goers about the range of services available as well as capturing people’s experiences of using our health services.

Staff from our clinical team were offering sexual health screening in the form of HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia testing. Festival goers were also able to find out more about our Free Condom service and were able to access a full range of condoms and lubricants available.

Alastair Low, planning manager in the Equality and Human Rights Team, said: “Every year we find attending Pride Glasgow to be a very worthwhile experience as people are keen to talk with us. This year had an added importance as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS and its status as an inclusive organisation.

“We always aim to be a listening organisation and learn from the feedback we get from engaging with people so it’s wonderful that so many people are keen to engage with us.

“The Equality and Human Rights Team were capturing people’s experiences as patients and chatting through areas where they may be room for further service development as well as learning what people feel we do particularly well.

“The Sandyford Sexual Health Services was also on site to promote its services to everyone. This year they had an emphasis on providing information on the service to young people in particular to ensure the key messages around sexual health are reaching our young people.

“As one of Scotland’s biggest employers we have a very diverse workforce which we’re very proud of. Staff from our HR and volunteering services joined us to share employment and volunteering opportunities across the health board."