Chaperones

The Surgery prides itself in maintaining professional standards. For certain intimate examinations during consultations an impartial observer (a “Chaperone”) will be required. This is usually a nurse or a health care assistant.

The chaperone will:

  1. be sensitive and respect the patient’s dignity and confidentiality
  2. reassure the patient if they show signs of distress or discomfort
  3. be familiar with the procedures involved in a routine intimate examination
  4. stay for the whole examination and be able to see what the doctor is doing, if practical
  5. be prepared to raise concerns if they are concerned about the doctor’s behaviour or actions.