During your care at the surgery, a clinician may need to examine you. Occasionally this may involve an examination of intimate areas. If an examination of this nature is necessary:
- We will explain to you why the examination is necessary and give you the opportunity to ask questions;
- We will explain what the examination will involve;
- We will obtain your verbal consent before we carry out the examination;
- You will be offered a chaperone to be present during the examination or you may ask for a chaperone (a chaperone is a member of the practice who is trained to accompany you whilst you are being examined;
- We will record in your notes if you have accepted or refused a chaperone for your examination;
- At all times we will respect your privacy during the examination and while dressing and undressing.
Confidentiality – The chaperone will only be present for the examination itself, and discussion with you will take place while the chaperone is not present. Please be assured that all practice staff understand their responsibility not to divulge confidential information and are bound by our confidentiality policy.