Chaperone Policy

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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.


Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss/change to sense of smell or taste.

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