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Scan Photos - What did you pay?

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JambalayaCodfishPie Tue 27-Sep-11 14:07:02

Having just read on a thread that one lady paid £10 for two photos, I'm wondering what other people have paid.

I remember paying a 'contribution' 7 years ago, £1.00 was advised. Surely it hasnt gone up that much?

I have plenty of RL friends I could ask, but that would out my pregnancy and I'm not quite ready for that just yet, so am doing a straw poll instead. smile

Is it something that varies from region-to region?

TheBreadstick Tue 27-Sep-11 14:09:40

Yep, 5 quid a pop for photos here - I'm in Yorkshire. We also got told off for not having the correct change! By 'eck! shock

Spellcheck Tue 27-Sep-11 14:13:21

We had to have 3 pound coins here in Hertfordshire, or forget it!

Uglymush Tue 27-Sep-11 14:15:02

Sorry guys, I'm in Cumbria, have so far had 2 scans, an emergency one at about 10 weeks and a dating one at 11+2 weeks and both times were given 3 photos. I think I remember reading somewhere that we maybe asked to pay £2.50 per photo, but so far they have been free.

BedHog Tue 27-Sep-11 14:16:11

Early scan photos were free.

12 and 20 weeks - £5 for 3. Although they'd give you any extras they had for free.

MsScarlettInTheLibrary Tue 27-Sep-11 14:16:45

It said they would be £5 a picture on the letter and we took money, but in the end we were kept waiting for hours and hours, had to run out super fast to go get DD at the end, and just took notes and went....later found the pictures in the notes, noone ever asked us to pay for them.

chrisrobin Tue 27-Sep-11 14:17:22

I'm in Wales and paid £4 for a scan picture (correct change only) 3 years ago but I noticed when I was in the radiography dept the other day this has now gone up to £5.

Spirael Tue 27-Sep-11 14:19:46

I think the pictures for the 12 week scan were free, but were fairly poor quality in terms of both picture and print. The 20 week pictures were much better quality, but we were charged £5 per picture and absolutely had to have the right change. That was at Leeds General Infirmary last year.

Ciske Tue 27-Sep-11 14:23:53

£2.00 per photo in our hospital, but usually the lady that does the scans is very generous and gives the entire string, so in practice it's a lot less.

yummymango Tue 27-Sep-11 14:26:39

I think we paid about £2.50 or £3 per photo in South London, however, I was the one who brought it up with reception when I arrived and paid them for 3 photos. When I had the actual scan the sonographer gave me 4 pics. The second time I forgot to mention it to the receptionist but the sonographer still gave me 3 photos anyway.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 27-Sep-11 14:26:45

I was asked to make a donation into honestly box. No sum suggested. Scotland 2 yrs ago.

MissMI5 Tue 27-Sep-11 14:30:29

At the Whittington in North London, the 12 week scan photos were free but the 20 week ones cost us £2 each.

CollieandPup Tue 27-Sep-11 14:33:34

£4.50 per photo in Oldham, greater Manchester. And We did have to pay for each photo at both scans! Robbery!! Did get 1 photo free in Dec when our little bean had no heartbeat..... !

Lollyheart Tue 27-Sep-11 14:36:12

£5 for one photo.
You have to put the correct change into a machine to print out a ticket to give to the sonographer.

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 27-Sep-11 14:42:05

£5 per photo in Surrey. Don't mind that so much, but I really do mind paying it all up front. It might not seem like a big deal but if you've been for a scan and had bad news then you take nothing for granted the next time. Paying for your photo up front feels too much like counting your chickens.

Flowerydems Tue 27-Sep-11 14:42:10

I've been scanned in 3 different places in Scotland and I've only been asked to put a donation in an honesty box. Even then because we've had to have further scans they've just given us whatever pics they took and not batted an eye that I didn't drop any change in.

Maybe it's a Scottish NHS thing not to have to give any more than a small donation? I don't know anyone that's had to pay

GlaikitFizzog Tue 27-Sep-11 14:47:53

Nothing, I had 6 scans in all at 2 different hospitals. There were signs at one hospital saying a discretionary charge of £1, but we were just handed our pictures. No mention of where to pay or drop the money.

I'm in Scotland too!

wigglesrock Tue 27-Sep-11 14:54:20

Donation of £2 for the strip of photos, donation box left in waiting room and nice notice on waiting room wall, although the staff looked quite surprised when I dropped the money in. The hospital I had dds in, also had a white bodysuit with a slogan like "a midwife gave me a helping hand at ......." that you could buy with a recommended donation of £2.50 after the baby was born. I am in NI.

bigmacandhappymeal Tue 27-Sep-11 14:56:26

Mine has an honesty box and we popped in a fiver for 4 photo's

CollieandPup Tue 27-Sep-11 15:12:54

I really don't mind paying for photos but I think £4.50 (or thereabouts) is too much and is not a true reflection of the cost of printing that photo. We pay for the nhs via other means and scan photos should not be a means of income.

For some people £10 for a couple of photos is a significant amount of money they just can't afford to spend, which means they are then left unable to share that experience with their friends and family.

Karmanna Tue 27-Sep-11 15:13:59

At our first scan the photos were complementary. At the anomaly scan it was £2 but there was something wrong with the printer and it just kept printing so we got about 10 pictures for our £2! Parents in law were pleased that they could get some copies! smile

notcitrus Tue 27-Sep-11 15:18:01

£3 per pic for up to 3 pics, St Georges, South London - the 12 and 20 week pics
Same price as 2008, though then the EPU gave me one pic for free - you couldn't tell it was a baby!

It goes towards the printers and then the hospital charity that covers all sorts of 'non-essential' stuff, so I think it's reasonable - it's the scan that the NHS is covering, not the chance to coo wildly. But then I've never been interested in scan and baby photos - they all look the same really.

You only pay after the scan is done so I'd hope anyone with bad news would get photos free.

nickelbabe Tue 27-Sep-11 15:22:15

when we went to our first scan, it was £6 for 2 photos.
when we went to the 2nd scan, they'd gone up to £7 for 2.
except we didn't get 2 ** photos angry (still ,yep!), we got one photo and 2 enlargements of the same photo.

AKMD Tue 27-Sep-11 15:24:05

£5 for one photo here. You have to put 5 pound coins into a machine, which prints off a ticket to give to the sonographer.

LoveInAColdClimate Tue 27-Sep-11 15:38:10

£6, which should have been for one but they gave us two.

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