The Western Isles Health Board are one of the few to continue allowing pregnant
woman to tour maternity wards before giving birth.
NHS Borders have stopped offering tours along with Forth Valley, Grampian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde on the grounds that the tours increase chances of infection and and compromise patient confidentiality.
However NHS Western Isles, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Highland and Sheltand are all keeping the tours open to pregnant women.
Experts say that pregnant woman should be allowed to tour wards as part of preparations for the birth. Belinda Phipps, the Chair of the National Childbirth Trust, described the diction to remove tours as a “lack of will” on behalf of the hospitals.
According to the Royal College of Midwives staffing issues are not behind the diction to discontinue the tours, and Health Boards discontinuing tours have good reasons to do so.