A chaperone is an independent person, appropriately trained, whose role is to independently observe the examination/procedure undertaken by the doctor/health professional to assist the appropriate doctor-patient relationship.
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. The doctor may also request to have a chaperone present.
Before any examination is performed, you will be asked if you would like a chaperone present. If you would, a member of the practice team will be asked to enter the room for the duration of the examination.