Chaperone Policy

consultation.jpgWe understand that some examinations can be embarrassing, particularly intimate examinations performed by a doctor of the opposite sex. You may feel more comfortable with another person present (e.g. a nurse, or receptionist), and we will arrange this for you if you request this.

However, sadly, some doctors in the UK have been falsely accused of assault in the past when performing intimate examinations, and therefore the doctor may request a "chaperone" (another member of staff, usually a practice nurse or receptionist) be present for their own protection. This is no reflection on you; the doctor is simply ensuring they follow recommended procedures, particularly when undertaking breast, genital, or rectal examinations on the opposite sex.

If the doctor requests a chaperone and you insist you will not have one present, they may request you see another doctor (e.g. one of the same sex) for the examination unless there is a clear urgent need to undertake action during the consultation.

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