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Can I ask for a chaperone?

1. Any patient can request a chaperone for any physical examination

2. Before performing an intimate examination, the doctor or nurse will ask you if you would like a chaperone

3. For intimate examinations, the doctor or nurse may request that a chaperone is present for the examination

4. The chaperone will usually be a nurse or a specially trained member of staff but could occasionally be a doctor

5. The doctor or nurse will check that you are happy with the chosen chaperone before inviting them in

6. The doctor or nurse will usually clarify with you again the nature of the examination and the reason for it when the chaperone is present

7. The chaperone will always be expected to stand inside the curtain

8. The chaperone is primarily there as an independent observer of the procedure but they can support you and they might pass equipment to the doctor

9. If there is not a chaperone available, you may need to rebook your appointment

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