Sometimes in order to properly examine you the doctor will need to do an intimate examination. This might involve an examination of someone’s chest or genitalia. It is understandable that this is a difficult area which many people find difficult and potentially distressing.

In medical terms a chaperone is considered to be an impartial witness to the examination for the protection of both patients and staff.

It is usually considered that a relative is not a suitable chaperone as they cannot be considered to be impartial, although it is your right to ask for a relative or friend to be present, as well as the chaperone, if it is your wish.

Patients should be routinely offered a chaperone during any intimate examination or procedure. If, for some reason this does not happen, you have the right to request a chaperone.

If a chaperone is not available, the procedure should be delayed until one is available.