We have a commitment to maintaining professional standards. During certain consultations that involve examinations, we require the presence of an impartial observer called a chaperone.

The chaperone can be a practice nurse, a health care assistant, or a receptionist trained as a chaperone. They are familiar with the procedure and are there to provide reassurance and address any concerns on your behalf. If a chaperone is not available at the time of your consultation, your examination may need to be rescheduled for another time.

You have the right to decline any examination or choose an alternative examiner or chaperone. If a chaperone is not offered to you, you can request one for any examination or consultation. If you decline a chaperone, the GP may not proceed with the examination.

Non-urgent advice: 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.