During your care, a clinician may need to examine you. Occasionally this may involve an examination of intimate areas. We understand this can be stressful and embarrassing.
If this sort of examination is necessary:
- We will explain to you why the examination is necessary and give you the opportunity to ask questions
- We will explain what the examination will involve
- We will obtain permission before we carry out the examination
- You will be offered a chaperone to be present during your examination
- At all times we will respect your privacy during the examination and while dressing and undressing.
When booking an appointment that may involve an examination of intimate areas, please request a chaperone should you wish one to be present. The receptionist will then make the necessary arrangements for a chaperone to be made available.
What is a chaperone?
A chaperone is generally a member of the clinical team whose role is to witness both a patient and medical practitioner during a medical examination or procedure, acting in a safeguarding capacity. The exact role of the chaperone will depend on the clinical procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns about intimate examinations or chaperoning, please do not hesitate to ask.