Where any part of your consultation at the practice requires a physical examination or procedure you will be offered the opportunity to have a chaperone present. The chaperone acts as a witness on behalf of the patient and the clinician. They are there to ensure that any examination is appropriate to the needs of the consultation. At Woodland Road Surgery when a chaperone is required you will be joined either by another clinician or by one of our specially trained administrative/reception staff. Please be assured that if it is a non-clinical member of the team they have undergone the appropriate training to understand the role of chaperone and how to identify what is and is not appropriate within an examination or procedure.
You are free to request a chaperone at any time should you require the reassurance of having someone else present.
The use of chaperones is not linked to the gender of the clinician or that of the patient.