Chaperone Policy

The practice is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.

What is a formal chaperone?

A formal chaperone is a person who serves as a witness for both a patient and a medical practitioner and as a safeguard for both parties during a medical examination or procedure and is a witness to continuing consent of the procedure.

Chaperoning: The Rights of the Patient

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required.  Patients have the right to decline the offer of a chaperone.  However, the clinician may feel that it would be wise to have a chaperone present for their mutual protection, for example, an intimate examination.

If you require a chaperone please ask at reception or the doctor/nurse at your consultation.