The Practice is committed to providing a safe environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times. For certain examinations during consultations an impartial observer (a “Chaperone”) will be required.
This impartial observer will be a member of staff who is familiar with the procedure and be available to reassure and raise any concerns on your behalf. Both male and female clinical Team members work within the Practice. If you have a preference, please ensure you discuss this when you attend. The GMC advises that a relative or friend is not considered to be an impartial observer and therefore would not be considered a suitable chaperone.
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 Clinician may not feel comfortable to undertake an examination if a chaperone is declined.
A chaperone will:
- Maintain professional boundaries during intimate examinations
- Be sensitive and respect the patient’s dignity and confidentiality
- Provide emotional comfort and reassurance.
- Assist with undressing/dressing patients, if required.