We recognise that it can be embarrassing undergoing an intimate examination by a Doctor or Nurse, and that patients may need some support for this.
Chaperones are people who are there through the examination to make it less embarrassing. Chaperones are also used sometimes for medico-legal reasons – for example to provide protection to healthcare professionals against unfounded allegations of improper behaviour.
Island Health is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. This chaperone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a trained member of staff.
Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way. Where this is not possible we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.
Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this please contact the Practice Manager.