We pride ourselves in maintaining professional standards. You may feel that for certain examinations during consultations an impartial observer (a “Chaperone”) is required.
This impartial observer will be a practice Nurse, Health Care Assistant or Receptionist who are all familiar with the procedure and would be available to reassure and raise any concerns on your behalf. In the unlikely event of no one being available at the time of your consultation then your examination may be re-scheduled for another time.
You are free to decline any examination or choose an alternative examiner or chaperone. You may also request a chaperone for any examination or consultation if one is not offered to you. The GP may not undertake an examination if a chaperone is declined.
The role of a Chaperone:
- Maintains professional boundaries during intimate examinations.
- Acknowledges a patient’s vulnerability.
- Provides emotional comfort and reassurance.
- Assists in the examination.
- Assists with undressing patients, if required.