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Chaperone policy

What is a Chaperone?

A chaperone is an impartial observer present during an intimate examination of a patient.

Why does the surgery offer a Chaperone?

The practice is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all patients. All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present during a consultation, examination, or procedure.

Who can be a Chaperone?

A chaperone is an independent person, appropriately trained, whose role is to independently observe the examination/procedure undertaken by the doctor/clinician. The Surgery have CRB checked members of staff who are used as a chaperone.Family and friends are not permitted to act as chaperones as they do not have the knowledge required OR have the necessary training. Clinicians may request a Chaperone.

Clinicians may advise patients that a chaperone is necessary during any intimate examination: this is to safeguard both the clinician and you the patient. A chaperone also provides a safeguard for both patient and doctor, and can discourage unfounded allegations of improper behaviour. In rare circumstances, the chaperone may also protect the doctor from physical attack.

Here at Island health.

Staff at Island health undertaking formal Chaperone role will have been trained in the competencies required. Staff member have received appropriate training to act as chaperone. The chaperone will usually be a receptionist or nurse and will: Be sensitive and respect the patient's dignity and confidentiality.