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NHS Highland's policy of charging for baby scan photos to be reviewed following Kate Forbes MSP's investigation

The only health board in Scotland that charges pregnant mums £5 for a copy of their baby scan photo has confirmed it will now review the practice. 

NHS Highland continues to charge £5 for a copy or £10 for three photos of baby scan images, but an investigation by Kate Forbes MSP revealed that no other health board in Scotland asked for such a fee. 

Responses to Freedom of Information requests showed that 12 out of the other 13 health boards provide a complimentary copy at ante-natal scan appointments, whilst NHS Lothian asks for a small voluntary donation. 

Almost all expectant mums have an ultrasound scan around 12 and 20 weeks, which helps build a picture of their baby in the womb and gives an indication of his or her likely arrival date.

Kate Forbes MSP welcomed today's (17 July) news that NHS Highland will review its charging policy.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: "I am pleased to hear that, after my investigation into the issue, NHS Highland has decided to review their policy of charging for baby scan photos. 

"The matter came to light after I heard of a woman who had moved from Glasgow, where scan photos are free, to the Highlands, where she had to pay. 

"My concern is the disparity between all the other health boards and NHS Highland. 

"I believe we should support mums every step of the way as too often the greatest burden of child bearing and rearing falls on them. 

"It's good news that NHS Highland has taken this information on board and chosen to review the practice.

"I look forward to hearing the outcome of this review." 

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