The Trust has developed a Chaperone Guideline to ensure that staff are aware when patients should be accompanied by a chaperone. This may be for such visits that include:
• Intimate examinations
• Where the consultation involves the dimming of lights
• Where the consultation requires the patient to be touched for intensive periods of time
• Where the patient is required to be in a state of undress
• When the examination is on a minor or a patient who lacks capacity and is not considered competent to consent
• Where the patient requests a chaperone due to religious, faith, cultural or personal preference.
Please note: the above list is only a guideline and anyone who requires a chaperone has the right to request one.