Kingston Hospital staff have celebrated the launch of rainbow badges, demonstrating a commitment to non-judgmental, inclusive care, and an understanding of the issues LGBT+ people can face in healthcare settings.
The badge is a symbol letting an LGBT+ person know that you can talk to the member of staff about who they are and how they feel.
The Rainbow Badge was introduced by Dr Michael Farquhar who works at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, because he wanted to promote a message of inclusion to hospital staff and patients.
Dr Michael Farquhar said: “It was brilliant to see the rainbow badge being launched at Kingston Hospital.
“It’s clear to me that Kingston Hospital is already committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, but I’m sure the hospital’s community will further benefit from so many of its staff signing up to wear the rainbow badge, encouraging people to have conversations.”
LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.
Jo Farrar, the hospital’s chief executive said: “I’m really happy to sponsor the launch of the rainbow badge at Kingston Hospital. I look forward to joining many colleagues at the hospital in wearing the badge showing our support to people from all backgrounds within our hospital community.”