Chaperone Policy

Healthcare professionals must offer you (The Patient) the option of a chaperone before conducting an intimate examination and must be aware of the criteria that a chaperone must satisfy.

All team members at RAD Clinics will have an understanding of the role of a chaperone, why a chaperone is necessary and the procedure for raising concerns.

If a chaperone is indicated for the examination but if you decline, the healthcare professional must:

  • Find out why you do not want a chaperone present
  • Explain the role of the chaperone
  • Explain why it is preferable for you and the healthcare professional to have a chaperone present
  • Inform you that a chaperone may be necessary to assist with the examination
  • If you continue to decline, the healthcare professional must decide on the best way to continue without a chaperone, based on clinical need and with written consent from you, and the rationale for the examination going ahead fully documented in the medical record
  • Ask a suitable colleague to step in, but only if they and you are both comfortable with this arrangement
  • Refer you to secondary care, if this is appropriate
  • Postpone the examination until the issue can be resolved

The chaperone will only be present for the examination itself and can leave the room following the examination so that the consultation can continue in private unless you request otherwise.

Any conversations during the examination will be strictly professional and relevant only to the examination.

Notices and information offering a chaperone will be clear and visible in the waiting area, the consulting and treatment rooms as well as on the website of RAD Clinics and in the information leaflet.

You may prefer to have a chaperone that they have arranged, but this cannot be a family member or friend. This choice will be supported by RAD Clinics if the person is suitable to be a chaperone.

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