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At Northgate Practice we understand that medical consultations, examinations and investigations can potentially be distressing. We know that patients can find examinations, investigations or photography involving the breasts, genitalia or rectum particularly intrusive (these examinations are collectively referred to as “intimate examinations”). Also consultations involving dimmed lights, the need for patients to undress or for intensive periods of being touched may make a patient feel vulnerable.
Chaperoning is the process of having a third person present during such consultations to:
· Provide support, both emotional and sometimes physical to the patient.
· to protect the patient and GP or Nurse from allegations of improper behaviour or misunderstandings during such consultations
Who can be a chaperone?
An appropriate chaperone is a member of staff who has been trained appropriately and has a DRB (formerly CRB) check.
A number of the practice Reception team have received specific training in how to chaperone.