Chaperone Policy

We are committed to providing a safe, 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. All patients who have an appointment at the GP practice are entitled to ask for a chaperone.


What is a chaperone? 

A chaperone is somebody who can be present during your appointment with your doctor to act as a support or witness for you and or your GP.



Who can be a chaperone? 

A chaperone can be a member of your family, a friend or a member of staff. We have several female members of staff who are trained to be chaperonesplease ask when booking your appointment if you need one



When can I ask for a chaperone? 

Anytime you see a doctor if you wish. Everyone is offered a chaperone if they are having any intimate examination by the doctor. However whenever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking the appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way.

Where this is not possible we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment. Please note that all our chaperones are females. If you want a male chaperone please speak to a memeber of staff.



What does a chaperone do? 

A chaperone can provide you with emotional support during your appointment, provide practical help with things like undressing. You can ask for them to be behind the curtain or standing next to you if you like. They are also there to record any unusual events or problem
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If I'm offered a chaperone, do I have to accept? 

Absolutely not if you don't want to. The doctor will simple record that you did not want one and proceed as usual. Rarely, your doctor or nurse may require a chaperone to be present but usualy this is reserved for aggressive patients where there is a concern for staff safety. You can discuss any of these issues during your consultation.

If you would like to see a copy of your Chaperone Police or have any questions or comments regarding this please contact the practice manager.