A chaperone is an independent person, appropriately trained, whose role is to independently observe the examination/procedure undertaken by the doctor/health professional to assist the appropriate doctor-patient relationship.
During the course of your consultation with the Doctor or Nurse it may be necessary for you to undergo an intimate examination. These examinations are only undertaken where clinically indicated. We recognise that some patients may feel uncomfortable or vulnerable during such procedures, so we have Clinical Chaperones available for both male and female patients, should you or the clinician involved feel it would be appropriate and helpful. Sometimes the examination needs to be done immediately, but often it can be booked for a later date, should you feel you need to prepare for this. Please do not hesitate to ask if you would like a chaperone present during your consultation.