We pride ourselves on maintaining professional standards. For certain examinations during consultations an impartial observer, a chaperone, will be required. 

This impartial observer will be a practice nurse or healthcare assistant who is familiar with the procedure and be available to reassure and raise any concerns on your behalf. If a nurse in unavailable at the time of your consultation then your examination may be re-scheduled for another time. 

You are free to decline any examination or chose an alternative examiner or chaperone. You may also request a chaperone for any examination or consultation if one is not offered to you. The GP may not undertake an examination if a chaperone is declined. 

The role of a chaperone: 

  • Maintains professional boundaries during intimate examinations 
  • Acknowledges a patient’s vulnerability
  • Provides emotional comfort and reassurance
  • Assists in the examination
  • Assists with undressing patients, if required