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Chaperone Policy

If you would like a chaperone present during your consultation, please advise the receptionist when booking your appointment or when checking in.

A chaperone is an impartial observer present during an intimate examination of a patient. He or she will usually be a health professional or a member of staff trained and familiar with the procedures involved in the examination of patients. The chaperone will usually be the same sex as the patient.

Chaperone's role

A chaperone is there for the patient. Their function is to:

  • Reassure the patient if they experience distress
  • Protect the patient’s dignity and confidentiality at all times
  • Offer emotional support at an embarrassing or uncomfortable time
  • Facilitate communication, especially if there is a language barrier.