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Caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans clients or patients

Guide for nurses and health care support workers on next of kin issues

Published: 24/05/2016
Publication code: 005592
Lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people (LGBT) may experience stigma, prejudice and unlawful behaviour both as patients and as colleagues. This booklet specifically looks at how nursing staff should deal with next of kin issues, for example, being sensitive, inclusive and challenging discriminatory attitudes, whilst also remaining mindful of the relevant legislation. Nursing staff need to respect a patient’s choice of nominated person and be aware of issues relating to confidentiality, access, information and documentation.

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