A chaperone is ‘an independent person, appropriately trained, whose role is to observe independently the examination/procedure undertaken by the doctor/health professional to assist the appropriate doctor-patient relationship’
You will be offered a chaperone on all examinations, you can also inform Reception before your appointment if you would like a chaperone.
It is policy that any member of the organisation team can act as a chaperone only if they have undertaken appropriate chaperone training. The GMC (General Medical Council) advises that a relative or friend of the patient is not considered to be an impartial observer and therefore would not be considered a suitable chaperone.
The relationship between the clinician and patient is based on trust and chaperones are a safeguard for both parties at The Elms Practice.
Please see below policy for your information.