Chaperone policy for patients
You are entitled to have a chaperone present for examinations or procedures if you would like this.
It is Practice policy for a chaperone to be present for any intimate examination and procedures where the Clinician is of a different gender to you & for you to be offered a chaperone even where the Clinician is of the same sex.
You are entitled to decline a chaperone but in certain circumstances the Doctor or Nurse may feel a chaperone is essential – in which case reasons for this should be discussed with you and alternative arrangements made if you are not happy to proceed.
The Doctor or Nurse should explain to you why the examination or procedure is necessary and what it involves.
You should be given privacy whilst dressing and undressing.
You are entitled to have a chaperone of your own gender if you prefer this. If this is not possible at the time you will be asked to reschedule the examination at a time when this can be arranged.
The Chaperone will normally be another Clinician or in circumstances where this is not possible, and the procedure dictates that there should be no delay another member of the surgery team who has received specific Chaperone Training would be present.
It would help if at the time you book your appointment you ask the receptionist to highlight that you would like a chaperone present