Patient Information - Chaperone Policy

This is about having someone with you for support during an examination, especially for an intimate examination.

  • Any patient can ask for a chaperone to be with them for any physical examination. 
  • Before undertaking any examination the person doing this will explain why it is necessary and how it will be done.
  • Please do ask questions.
  • You will also be asked you if you would like to have a chaperone.

Intimate examinations

  • For intimate examinations the doctor or nurse will often insist that you have a chaperone present for the examination. 
  • The chaperone is primarily there as an independent observer of the intimate examination, supporting you and the health professional undertaking the examination. 
  • The chaperone will often be a nurse or another member of the care team who has knowledge and understanding of the role and is competent to be a chaperone. 
  • The doctor or nurse will check that you are happy with the chosen chaperone before inviting them in. 
  • The doctor or nurse will usually clarify with you again, when the chaperone is present, the reason for the examination and what will happen during this examination.
  • The Chaperone will always be expected to stand where they can observe the examination.

If you or the individual you are caring for need support reading this leaflet please ask a member of staff for advice.

© North Bristol NHS Trust. This edition published June 2019. Review due June 2021. NBT002344