Some parents; religion or belief means that they will want their male child to be circumcised as soon as possible after birth. NHS Scotland has developed a pathway to make sure that circumcisions can take place once it is clinically safe to do so.
Note:Female genital mutilation, sometime referred to as female circumcision , is a serious crime and must not be supported by the NHS. It should be reported immediately as a child protection issue whether planned or undertaken in the UK or abroad.
Arrangements for Religious Male Circumcision by the NHS
Clinicians and healthcare managers in Scotland have agreed with the Muslim community that the best time to perform religious circumcision, in the interest of the wellbeing of the child, would be when the child is between 6 months and 9 months of age. They have also agreed that, in the interest of quality of care and patient safety, this procedure should be undertaken in one of the four Paediatric Centres ( Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian and Tayside).
The patient pathway should start with the midwife giving information to the pregnant woman and her partner at the ante-natal booking: with the GP referring the patient to the Consultant at the request of the parents at the child’s 6 week check:and the Consultant assessing the request and operating on the child, with consent of both parents wherever possible, under general anaesthesia, normally as a day case.
Information for staff and patients has been developed with support from the Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS).