For support and reassurance all patients are entitled to have a chaperone (somebody to accompany you) for any consultation, examination or procedure. This chaperone can be someone you know like a family member or a friend.
During the course of your care a clinician may require a formal chaperone to be present for a procedure or intimate examination, as a safeguard for both patient and medical practitioner. This formal chaperone may be a female clinician or during busy times a trained member of our support team.
We will always discuss your care first and explain why any examination is necessary and what it will involve. We will ask for your consent to carry out the examination and give your the opportunity to ask questions. If you do not want a chaperone, it will be recorded in your notes that the offer was made and declined.