This policy sets out guidance for the use of chaperones and the procedures that are in place for intimate consultations, examinations, clinical procedures and investigations. All medical consultations, examinations and investigations are potentially distressing. All GP Practices that have direct contact with patients are required to have a chaperone policy in place for the benefit and safety of both patients and staff.
It is good practice for all staff to offer all patients a chaperone for all intimate consultations, examinations or procedures where the patient feels one is necessary.
A chaperone is present as a safeguard for all parties and is a witness to continuing consent of the procedure, particularly where this involves "intimate examinations" relating to the breasts, genitalia and rectum and applies to both genders.