The Surgery prides itself in maintaining professional standards. Patients have a right to request an impartial observer (a “chaperone”) for any procedure or examination. For certain examinations during consultations an impartial observer (a “Chaperone”) will be required.
This chaperone will be a Practice Nurse, Health Care Assistant or other member of staff with the appropriate training and safety checks. They will be available to reassure and raise any concerns on your behalf. If a trained chaperone is unavailable at the time of your consultation then your examination may be re-scheduled for another time.
You are free to decline any examination or chose 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.