Miscarriage Care and Facilities in Scotland: Scoping Report NHS Shetland

This report details the findings of a scoping exercise to better understand miscarriage care in Scotland within this Health Board. The individual Health Board reports and the national report seek to aid policy makers and Health Boards in making decisions about improvements to Miscarriage Care

Data on Miscarriages

Accurate assessment of the number of all miscarriages that occur in Scotland is not possible at present as only miscarriages that require hospital inpatient or day case treatment are recorded.

The Lancet series on Miscarriage Care recommended that:

  • miscarriage data are gathered and reported to facilitate comparison of rates among countries, to accelerate research, and to improve patient care and policy development; and
  • every country reports annual aggregate miscarriage data, similarly to the reporting of stillbirth.

The Scottish Government is currently working with Public Health Scotland to find ways to improve miscarriage data recording and to gather a more accurate picture of the number of miscarriages in Scotland. This will be used to facilitate comparison of rates among countries, to accelerate research, and to improve patient care and policy development.

This scoping exercise found that miscarriage data is not collected in all sites or in all Health Boards in Scotland. While some data is collected in 11 of the 14 Health Boards, there is variation in what is being recorded as a miscarriage and this varies both across and within Health Boards.

Information technology used to collect miscarriage data

Across Scotland different IT systems are used by Health Boards to collect data about those accessing miscarriage care. BadgerNet Maternity is used by 11 out of 14 Health Boards to collect miscarriage data and Trakcare is used by 8 Health Boards to capture miscarriage data.

In NHS Shetland data is collected via BadgerNet. Data is collected on the number of miscarriages and gestation. There is currently no data collected on miscarriages as a proportion of pregnancies, maternal age, parity, SIMD or ethnicity (Table 21).

Table 21: Data collected on miscarriage in NHS Shetland


BadgerNet Maternity



Number of miscarriages

Miscarriages as proportion of pregnancies


Maternal Age




Gilbert Bain Hospital










This data is then presented to the Scottish Heads of Midwifery for review. The board records a miscarriage from any women who have accessed the service.


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