Healthcare professionals are trained to offer a patient the option of having a trained medical chaperone present during any personal or intimate physical examination.
As a patient you can ask for one at any time if you would feel more comfortable.
We recognise it is important to ensure a sense of trust, dignity and privacy though out all consultations. Consent is also required from a parent or legal guardian prior to the physical examination of any child or young person.
A relative or friend accompanying you may remain present during examinations at your own discretion, and with the agreement of your doctor, but the use of suitably trained personnel is more appropriate for the purposes of chaperoning. If such a member of staff is unavailable we will offer to re-schedule your appointment accordingly, as you prefer.
The following links provide official NHS advice on use of chaperones in General Practice.