Provision on sanitary products to female patients



16 April 2018

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, Rhoda Grant is delighted that NHS Highland will create a formal policy for the provision of free sanitary products for patients requiring them.

The decision comes after she contacted NHs Highland asking them to put in place a formal policy. 

Rhoda said: “Following an FOI submitted by my colleague, Monica Lennon MSP, to 14 Scottish Regional Health Boards asking about the individual policies regarding the provision on sanitary products to female patients. it transpires that no Scottish Health Board has a specific policy on the matter.

"This led me to write to NHS Boards in the Highlands and Islands and Moray (Grampian NHS) asking them to seriously consider putting in place a formal policy, as women should not have to rely on nurses or friends for such things.”

“Chief Executive of NHS Highland, Elaine Mead, has advised that she has asked her Board's Nurse Director to develop a policy statement supporting the need for women to be provided with sanitary products whilst receiving care in hospital until they are able to source their own (if they are able to).

"This is excellent news and I am delighted that NHS Highland are taking these steps. I just hope that the remaining NHS Boards in the  Highlands and Islands do likewise”

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