You are very welcome to be accompanied by a trusted friend or relative at your consultation if you wish, and this is all the more important if English is not your first language, or if you feel you might not be able to express what you need clearly to the doctor or nurse.
In addition, for intimate examinations, you will be offered the choice of having another professional clinician present at the examination; this person will be referred to a chaperone. A chaperone is deemed as an independent person, appropriately trained, whose role it is to independently observe the examination/procedure undertaken by the health professional to assist the appropriate health professional-patient relationship.
Please note, family members or friends are not permitted to act as chaperones, as they have not received the requisite training nor do they have the clinical knowledge required.
Please do try and request a chaperone at the time of booking your appointment (if applicable). If a chaperone is needed and we are unable to allocate one, then we can reschedule your examination at a time which suits you.