There may be on occasions a need for you to have an intimate examination whilst seeing your GP or Practice Nurse. If this is the case then you can expect certain standards to be adhered to by the practice.
The Doctor or Nurse will explain to you why the examination is necessary and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
You will be asked for permission for such an examination to take place.
You will be offered a chaperone (you may wish to bring a friend/family member with you if you think you may require an intimate examination). All staff at the Surgery are trained to Chaperone so this may be a member of the Reception Team.
In certain circumstances a Doctor or Nurse may wish a chaperone present, you are entitled to decline this and this will be recorded in your records.
You will always be given privacy to undress and dress, however if you require assistance the chaperone will be happy to help you.
You should also be aware that as a patient you have the right to ask for a chaperone to be present during any consultation or examination with a Doctor or Nurse should you wish.