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Gestation Limit per Board Area

Even if you think you may be further along in your pregnancy than the limit in your Board you should still contact the service in your Board area as they will be able to offer advice and support on the options available to you in line with the law in Scotland. 

The current gestational time limits for abortion in place in each NHS Board are as follows:


Health Board local gestation limit

Ayrshire & Arran

18 weeks
Borders 20 weeks
Dumfries & Galloway 18 weeks
Fife 15 weeks and 5 days
Forth Valley 18 weeks
Grampian 20 weeks
Greater Glasgow and Clyde 18 weeks
Highland 18 weeks
Lanarkshire 20 weeks
Lothian  20 weeks
Orkney Women are primarily referred to NHS Grampian, although some early terminations are carried out locally
Shetland Women are referred to NHS Grampian

18 weeks and 6 days

Western Isles

Women are referred to either NHS Highland or NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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