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joan Combs
27-06-2007, 02:19 PM

I am wondering if anyone has a chaperone policy they could let me have. Thanks. Regards Joan

27-06-2007, 08:00 PM
try this http://gpmanagement.co.uk/showthread.php?t=28

28-06-2007, 08:46 AM

This is our policy.



joan Combs
03-07-2007, 02:16 PM
Hi Gary,

I printed off the chaperone policy and showed it to one of our receptionists who has just done the chaperone training. However she says her trainer said that if a patient brings their own chaperone we have still to offer a member of staff as they could be coluding between themselves. Have you got any clarification on this or do you know where I could get this info clarified?

Thanks Joan

03-07-2007, 11:03 PM
This is taken from the GMC website http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/current/library/maintaining_boundaries.asp#10
my interpretation is that a patient could bring/nominate a chaperone but if the Dr felt that he/she was not suitable then the examination could be postponed till a suitable chaperone became available.


10. Wherever possible, you should offer the patient the security of having an impartial observer (a ‘chaperone') present during an intimate examination. This applies whether or not you are the same gender as the patient.
11. A chaperone does not have to be medically qualified but will ideally:

be sensitive, and respectful of the patient's dignity and confidentiality
be prepared to reassure the patient if they show signs of distress or discomfort
be familiar with the procedures involved in a routine intimate examination
be prepared to raise concerns about a doctor if misconduct occurs.In some circumstances, a member of practice staff, or a relative or friend of the patient may be an acceptable chaperone.
12. If either you or the patient does not wish the examination to proceed without a chaperone present , or if either of you is uncomfortable with the choice of chaperone, you may offer to delay the examination to a later date when a chaperone (or an alternative chaperone) will be available, if this is compatible with the patients best interests.
13. You should record any discussion about chaperones and its outcome. If a chaperone is present, you should record that fact and make a note of their identity. If the patient does not want a chaperone, you should record that the offer was made and declined.

joan Combs
05-07-2007, 08:00 AM
Hi Gary,

Thanks for that it does seem to be clarified now!

Regards Joan