Chaperone

Chaperone Policy

Kegworth and Gotham Medical Practice is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.

This Chaperone Policy adheres to local and national guidance and policy –i.e.:- ‘NCGST Guidance on the role and effective use of chaperones in Primary and Community Care settings’.

The availability of a Chaperone is clearly advertised through a notice in our waiting area and in each consulting room alongside the examination couch.

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they consider one is required. The chaperone may be a family member or friend, but on occasions a formal chaperone may be preferred.

Patients are advised to ask for a chaperone if required, at the time of booking an appointment, if possible, so that arrangements can be made and the appointment is not delayed in any way. The Healthcare Professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations.

All staff are aware of The Chaperone Policy and know where to find the relevant information.

All trained chaperones understand their role and responsibilities and are competent to perform that role.

There is no common definition of a chaperone and their role varies considerably depending on the needs of the patient, the healthcare professional and the examination being carried out.

Their role can be considered in any of the following areas:

  • Emotional comfort and reassurance to patients
  • Assist in examination (this would be another health care professional e.g. nurse)
  • Assist in undressing and dressing
  • Protection to the healthcare professional against allegations / attack)

To view our Chaperone policy, click here