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Examinations And Chaperones

As part of the assessment of medical problems, it may be necessary for the doctor or nurse to do an intimate examination (e.g. genitals or breasts).

A chaperone is someone present in the room but who does not see the examination. They would usually be a member of nursing staff or your family. They are not always needed, but may be present if the doctor or patient requests one.

Before an intimate examination you should make sure you understand the reason why the examination is necessary – ask your doctor or nurse if you are unclear.

If you would like a chaperone, please ask at reception or discuss with your doctor. If no one is available, it will be possible to arrange another appointment.

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