Chaperones are most often required or requested where a male examiner is carrying out an intimate examination or procedure on a female patient
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they consider one is required. This is usually for an intimate examination or procedure. The chaperone may be a family member or friend, but on occasions a formal chaperone may be preferred.
If you think you will require a chaperone it is advisable to ask for one at the time of booking an appointment, if possible, so that arrangements can be made and the appointment is not delayed in any way. The Healthcare Professional (doctor or nurse) may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations.