Patients are encouraged to ask for a chaperone, if required, at the time of booking their appointment wherever possible
All staff are aware of, and have received appropriate information in relation to the surgery chaperone policy
All formal chaperones understand their roles and responsibilities and are competent to perform that role
The chaperone policy is advertised through notices in the waiting areas.
- There may be occasions when a chaperone is unavailable (for example, on a home visit or in the out-of-hours setting). In such circumstances, the doctor will first consider whether or not on a clinical basis the examination is urgent. If the examination is not urgent, then it might be possible to simply rearrange the appointment for a time when a chaperone will be available.
For further information click here http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/21168.asp