The Surgery 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. Although you can request that a family member or friend is present in your consultation, they will not be performing the role of a chaperone. On occasion, you may prefer a formal chaperone be present i.e. a trained member of staff.
Wherever possible, we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking your 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 the request. However, it may be necessary to re-schedule your appointment.
Your doctor or nurse may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations or examinations.