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Fact Check: The Reality of Gatherings

Through Freedom of Information requests, Police Scotland have revealed there were no recorded incidents of intimidation or harassment at thirteen different locations across Scotland between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2021.


There is no record of crime at any of the following locations

between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2021:

Sandyford Sexual Health Clinic, Glasgow

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

Chalmers Sexual Health Clinic, Edinburgh 

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh 

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Aberdeen 

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

St John's Hospital, Livingston

University Hospital Wishaw, Lanarkshire

Forth Valley Hospital, Larbert

Borders General Hospital, Melrose

Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries

Oak Tree Family Centre, Stranraer

 University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have ‘no recorded information about any incidents associated with pro-life prayer vigil groups or pro-choice groups’ at either Queen Elizabeth University Hospital or Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Such vigils take place on the public highway and not on hospital grounds. 

We asked Police Scotland and NHS Scotland: Have there been any recorded incidents or intimidation or harassment associated with gatherings outside hospitals in Scotland. 

Here's what they said...

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Aberdeen Maternity Hospital : 'These vigils have caused us no issues to date'

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital: 'no recorded information about any incidents associated with pro-life prayer vigil groups or pro-choice groups'

Ninewells Hospital:  'Zero' recorded incidents within a 325m radius of the hospital.


Police Scotland 2016 -2021

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Aberdeen Maternity 2016 -2021

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Glasgow Royal Infirmary 2016 -2021


Ninewells  2016 -2021

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Ninewells 2016 -2021

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Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 2016 -2021

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Chalmers 2016 -2021

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Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 2016 -2021

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University Hospital Wishaw 2016 -2021

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