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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 March 2012
Date of Publication: 8 June 2012
Termination of Pregnancies Review Report published 8 June 2012 PDF | 44.93 KB

People's personal records, including medical records, should be accurate and kept safe and confidential (outcome 21)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Their personal records including medical records are accurate, fit for purpose, held securely and remain confidential.
  • Other records required to be kept to protect their safety and well being are maintained and held securely where required.

How this check was done

We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 21/03/2012 and checked the provider's records.

Our judgement

We found that the registered provider met the part of the regulation which was the subject of this review in relation to the maintenance of HSA1 forms.

User experience

We did not speak with people who used the service as part of this review.

Other evidence

Section 1 (1) of the Abortion Act 1967 (as amended) and the Abortion Regulations 1991 (as amended) require that two doctors provide a certificated opinion, formed in good faith, that at least one and the same ground for a termination of pregnancy as set out in the Act, is met.

These opinions have to be given in a certificated form as set out in the Regulations and must be given before the commencement of the treatment for the termination of pregnancy, except in the specified circumstances set out in the Act.

One of the ways in which the Regulations provide for doctors to certify this opinion is in an HSA1 form. If using the HSA1 form, both of the certifying doctors must complete the form as required and sign and date the certificate. The opinion of each doctor is required to relate to the circumstances of the individual person’s case.

During our visit, we looked at a random sample of medical records for six people who had undergone a termination of pregnancy at Grantham and District Hospital. The records dated from October 2010 to March 2012. In each case, we looked at the certificate completed and the other records for that person.

We found that in all of these records, doctors’ certifications had been accurately and appropriately maintained.