Chaperone policy

  • Patients are encouraged to ask for a chaperone, if required, at the time of booking their appointment wherever possible

  • All staff are aware of, and have received appropriate information in relation to the surgery chaperone policy

  • All formal chaperones understand their roles and responsibilities and are competent to perform that role

  • The chaperone policy is advertised through notices in the waiting areas.  

  • There may be occasions when a chaperone is unavailable (for example, on a home visit or in the out-of-hours setting).  In such circumstances, the doctor will first consider whether or not on a clinical basis the examination is urgent.  If the examination is not urgent, then it might be possible to simply rearrange the appointment for a time when a chaperone will be available.

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