Updated on 23rd January 2013 at 12:01 am


Patients may find any examination distressing, particularly if these involve the breasts, genitalia or rectum (known as “intimate examinations”). Also consultations involving dimmed lights, close proximity to patients, the need for patients to undress and being touched may make a patient feel vulnerable.

Chaperoning may help reduce distress, but must be used in conjunction with respectful behaviour which includes explanation, informed consent and privacy.

In some circumstances it may be that you or the doctor may prefer to have a chaperone in the room during examinations. There is no question of the doctor being offended if you wish to have a chaperone in the room. You may either bring a friend or relative, or a member of staff will be happy to provide this service for you.