It is our practice policy to inform patients when an intimate examination is required. We explain the reason for it, what can be gained from it, and offer a chaperone if needed. The patient may choose to book another appointment to have the examination carried out or indeed may wish another doctor to carry this out.
The chaperone must be on the inside of the curtain and their identity recorded in the medical record.
Our nursing staff are happy to chaperone when asked to do so. Reception staff can also be called upon to chaperone in the absence of nursing staff if they are willing to carry out this role.