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.
- 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