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Board urged to drop scan photo charge

PREGNANT women in the Highlands are the only ladies in Scotland who have to pay £5 for a photo of their baby’s ante-natal scan, Freedom of Information requests have revealed.

Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes has now called on NHS Highland to reconsider the practice in light of almost all of Scotland’s other health boards in Scotland providing a complimentary copy.

Twelve out of 14 health boards issue one copy free, whilst NHS Lothian requests a voluntary donation. Ms Forbes said: ‘Seeing your baby for the first time on a scan at the hospital is an exciting and happy moment for mums and dads-to-be, particularly when you can see their little hands and feet moving for the first time. But it is unfortunate pregnant women in the Highlands are the only women in Scotland having to pay £5 for a photo of their baby at their ante-natal scans. When virtually all of the other health boards in Scotland are providing a complimentary photo, I think NHS Highland should follow suit.’

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