NHS Highland to review baby scan fee after MSP's intervention

NHS Highland is to review its policy of charging for baby scan photos after an investigation by an MSP.

NHS Highland is the only Scottish health board which charges expectant parents for a copy of antenatal scans
NHS Highland is the only Scottish health board which charges expectant parents for a copy of antenatal scans

Kate Forbes, who represents Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, found the health board is the only one in Scotland to charge £5 for a copy of an antenatal scan and £10 for three copies.

Responses obtained through freedom of information requests show 12 of the other 13 health boards provide a complimentary copy, while NHS Lothian asks for a small voluntary donation.

SNP MSP Ms Forbes 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."

In a statement, the health board said: " The antenatal scans are printed on high-quality photographic paper for personal use by expectant parents, and the current charges were put in place after an increase in 2014.

"Charging for scanned photographs has been in place for a number of years, but in the light of the current information we will now undertake a review of this practice."