Chaperone Policy

smiling_patientWhat is a Chaperone?

A chaperone is someone who will accompany you during a consultation should you wish to have one or if the doctor feels it that it would be more appropriate.

Who can be a Chaperone?

A chaperone can be a family member or a friend. A formal chaperone is someone such as another clinician or a member of staff who has received appropriate training. A number of our non clinical staff have been trained as chaperones.

Why do I need one?

You can ask for Chaperone to be present for support and reassurance or if you feel uncomfortable about undergoing an intimate examination. The doctor or nurse may request a chaperone during a consultation if they feel it is appropriate.

Guidelines

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present at any time where they feel one is required.

This chaperone may be a family member or friend, or alternatively, a formal chaperone (i.e. a trained member of staff).

Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking your appointment.

If required, we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However, occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.

If you would like to see a copy of our chaperone guidelines or have any questions or comments regarding this then please contact the practice manager.

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