IOW Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network




Isle of Wight NHS Trust provides a wide range of NHS services on the Island including acute hospital, ambulance, community and mental health services as well as prison health care. We want to make sure that we are providing the best possible service for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. For this reason we have set up a LGBT Network for staff, patients and carers alike.

What is the LGBT Network?

The Trust’s LGBT Network is a group made up of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (patients, staff, family members and carers) from the Island, who can act as a ‘critical friend’ for the Trust by discussing the services the Trust offers and how improvements can be made for the benefit of lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, staff, carers, visitors and the Trust.

What does being a member of the LGBT Network involve?

You can get involved as much, or as little as you like or are able to.  The Network meets once a month for about 1½ hours.  Most meetings are held at St Mary’s Hospital. 

The Trust is one of the largest employers on the Isle of Wight.  We use this group to help us make the Trust more LGBT friendly and providing a supporting environment for LGBT staff.  
It will give you an opportunity to let us know how our workplace and services could be better from your perspective and help us examine how the Trust communicates with the LGBT staff and advise how we can make improvements.

Who can become a member of the LGBT Network?

If you are lesbian, gay or bisexual and have used the Trust’s services, or you are a family member or carer of someone who has, you can become a member of the LGBT Network. 

If you would like to become a member but want to find out more about the group first, please contact Sam Greatrex, Equality and Diversity Lead on 01983 822099 x 3490 or via email at

Alternatively, just turn up at one of future meetings.

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