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.
A chaperone will usually be a receptionist or nurse and will:
- Be sensitive and respect the patient’s dignity and confidentiality.
- Reassure the patient if they show signs of distress or discomfort.
- Be familiar with the procedures involved in a routine intimate examination.
- Stay for the examination and be able to see what the doctor is doing, if practical.
- Be prepared to raise concerns if they are concerned about the doctor’s behavior or actions.
If you require any further assistance or information or would like to request a chaperone just ask the health professional or a receptionist.