Chaperone Policy

common questions

In clinical medicine, a formal chaperone is a person who serves as a witness for both patient and clinician to safeguard both parties during a medical examination or procedure.

There are two considerations involved in having a chaperone to assist during intimate examinations protection of the doctor/nurse for allegations of improper conduct.

Intimate examinations are any examination where it is necessary to touch or be close to a patient.

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel that one is required.

Appropriately trained Chaperone’s are defined as a member of the Practice Staff who have completed the Practice Training Programme.

  • To be available on request.


  • The Chaperone will be pleasant/approachable/professional in manner, able to put the patient at ease.


  • Competent and Safe


  • Clean and presentable


  • Confidential

Patients should raise any concerns/make any complaints via the Practice usual comments/complaints procedure.

There may be occasions when a chaperone is unavailable. In such circumstances the doctor will assess the nature of the examination to decide if it is appropriate to go ahead at that time.