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National Services Division Commissioning for Scotland's Health

Website Disclaimer

This website is intended to provide general information about Scottish national screening programmes and specialist services. The information contained on this site is not a substitute for professional clinical care or advice and should not, under any circumstances, be considered as such.

Information appearing on the NSD website does not constitute a warranty by NSD, NHS National Services Scotland or any other health organisation, nor should it be taken as advice. No responsibility can be accepted by NSD or any other health organisation for action or inaction as a result of information contained on this site.

If you have questions or concerns about your own health (or the health of a family member), you should contact a suitably qualified health care professional. If you feel unwell, you should contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24. Alternatively, call the emergency services on 999.


Except where indicated, all content on the NSD website is authored by NSD staff.

NSD is entirely funded from public sources derived from general taxation. Funding is received from the Scottish Government Health Directorate and the 14 local NHS Boards in Scotland.

No funding or sponsorship from any other private or public bodies is received for publishing this website. Reference to specific products and/or suppliers does not constitute an endorsement of same.

We do not accept advertising of any form.

External sites

Where possible, we have tried to include useful resources for more information. Although we try to be responsible in selecting the sites which are linked from these pages, we accept no liability for the claims made by any other website nor for the quality of resources to be found on such websites. The contents and material made available on linked sites are completely outwith our control and, as such, no liability is accepted for any damages resulting from accessing, or failing to access, these sites.

No endorsement is expressed or implied by the presence of a link to an external site on the NSD website. The contents of a linked-to website may change without our knowledge and as a result, links may break or may terminate on pages which were not the original targets of a link. No responsibility or liability for the privacy of personal information is accepted for linked-to websites, as these are beyond our control.

We would advise caution to anyone seeking medical information on the internet. Given that many websites offer subjective or dangerously misleading information, we would recommend that you read the following guide from the BBC health site. Although it relates to using the internet to research genetic conditions, their advice is applicable to any medical condition.


The resources contained on this website, including all files that are available for download or access, are provided on an "as is" basis and without any warranties. Although every effort is made to ensure that the information presented is accurate, complete and current, NSD offers no guarantee that this is the case.

Although files are virus checked, these cannot guarantee that files are free from computer viruses and no warranty is given that files downloaded or accessed from the NSD website are free of computer viruses. No warranties are made as to fitness for purpose, quality or completeness of information. NSD excludes any liability for any errors in or omissions in information provided on or linked to from this website.

Governing laws

The terms and conditions of use of NSD's website shall be governed by the laws of Scotland.