This practice is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for patients.
When examining or treating patients, the practitioner will aim to have someone else, preferably a GDC registered team member, present in the room. The primary purpose of having a chaperone is to assist in the unlikely event of a medical emergency.
If patients would like to bring a chaperone with them, they are very welcome to bring someone with them to their appointment.
A chaperone can also:
- Assist the practitioner
- Provide emotional comfort and reassurance to the patient
- Act as an interpreter
- Be a third party in case there is a necessity to provide evidence about the treatment or appointment
In exceptional circumstances it may not be possible to have a chaperone present for out of hours medical emergencies and in these cases the clinician involved will assess the possible risks to the patient before starting treatment.
If a practitioner routinely works without a chaperone, a risk assessment has been carried out, and control measures have been put in place.