During your care, a clinician may need to examine you. Occasionally this may involve an examination of intimate areas. We understand that this can be stressful and you may feel more comfortable with a chaperone. You may book a chaperone when making an appointment that may involve an examination of intimate areas.
If this sort of examination is necessary the Clinician will explain:
- why the examination is necessary and give you the opportunity to ask questions
- what the examination will involve
- ask your permission before carrying out the examination
- offer to have a chaperone present during the examination
At all times the Clinician will respect your privacy during the examination and while dressing and undressing
What is a chaperone?
A chaperone is a person (can be a nurse or a trained non-clinical staff member) whose role is to act as a witness as a safeguard for both parties during a medical examination or procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns about intimate examinations or chaperoning, please do not hesitate to ask one of the doctors or nurses.