Chaperone Policy


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Woodsend Medical Centre is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.

Therefore if a doctor considers that an intimate examination is required you will be asked if the doctor may call in a chaperone. The chaperone will be discreet and is bound by the rules of patient confidentiality to not repeat anything overheard whilst chaperoning. If you wish you can request a same sex doctor for your examination and we will do our best to comply with this. Or you may nominate a friend or family member to act as chaperone.