Updates to NHS web site on Gender Dysphoria

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Dear NHS England,

Please can you provide any emails, letters, minutes of meetings or other documents held that relate to updates made to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dys... and the subpages for symptoms, treatment and guidelines in the last 3 months.

Yours faithfully,

Zoe O'Connell

CONTACTUS, England (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24), NHS England

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Dear  [FOI #669044 email] ,

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Dear FOITEAMCRMMAILBOX (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24),

This request is now overdue. Please can you provide an update?

Yours sincerely,

Zoe O'Connell

Dear NHS England,

I am writing to request an internal review of this FOI request. The request is now seriously overdue, and no update or response beyond the initial acknowledgement has been received.

Yours faithfully,

Zoe O'Connell

CONTACTUS, England (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24), NHS England

**THIS IS AN AUTOMATED RESPONSE**
 
Dear Customer,
 
Thank you for your email. We are currently receiving a higher than usual
volume of emails so it may take us a little longer to respond directly to
your email. In the meantime, you may find the following information
helpful.
 
Please note: our normal working hours are 08:00 to 18:00 from Monday to
Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). Emails received at the weekend will not
be reviewed until the next working day.
How can the Customer Contact Centre help me?
NHS England commissions or buys primary care services; for example, GPs,
dentists, opticians, and pharmacy services. We are also responsible for
prison healthcare, military health services, and some specialised
services. We can provide advice about accessing, giving feedback or making
a complaint about these services.
You may be able to find the answer you are looking for in our Frequently
Asked Questions<https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/ho...>
and our website explains how to share feedback or make a
complaint.[1]https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/co...
What if I have an enquiry or complaint about hospital care, NHS 111 or
out-of-hours GP services?
If your enquiry or complaint is about secondary care, this includes
hospitals, NHS 111, mental health services, out-of-hours services and
community services such as district nursing, you will need to contact the
organisation that provided the service. All hospitals have a Patient
Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
[2]https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questio...
. Alternatively, you can contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group
(CCG). You can find their contact details on the NHS
website[3]https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Clinic...
Does the NHS England Customer Contact Centre provide medical advice?
No. Our advisors are not clinically trained and are unable to provide
medical advice. If you require emergency medical attention, dial 999 or
attend your local Accident and Emergency department if you are able to do
so.
If you require non-urgent medical advice please contact your GP, local
walk-in or urgent healthcare centre, or call NHS 111. Calls are free from
landlines and mobile phones.

How do I report a change of name or address?
You should report a change of name or address to your GP practice so they
can update their records. If your new address is outside the practice’s
catchment area you may be asked to register with a new GP practice.
You should also advise your dentist or optician of a change of name or
address as they keep their own records.

Where can I find further information about NHS England?
You can find information about NHS England and our work on our
website[4]https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/
How do you use my information?
NHS England’s privacy notice explains how we use, share and store your
personal information. You can find this on our
website.[5]https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/pr...
NHS England Customer Contact Centre

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This request has now been escalated to the Information Commissioner.

FOITEAMCRMMAILBOX (NHS ENGLAND & NHS IMPROVEMENT - X24), NHS England

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Dear Zoe O'Connell,  

Freedom of Information Request (Our Ref: FOI - 2006-1197002)

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 5 June 2020.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your
request.

Your exact request was:

“Freedom of Information request - Updates to NHS web site on Gender
Dysphoria
Dear NHS England, Please can you provide any emails, letters, minutes of
meetings or other documents held that relate to updates made to
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dys... and the subpages for
symptoms, treatment and guidelines in the last 3 months.”

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

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Information is exempt under section 40(2) where that information
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Yours sincerely,

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NHS England
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