The consultation that takes place between a patient and their doctor/nurse is private and confidential. Quite often an examination is required to help make a diagnosis. This may be straightforward or sometimes can be more personal or of a sensitive nature.

Under these circumstances your doctor will normally seek your agreement to a nurse or other staff member being present or, if a relative or friend has accompanied you to the surgery, they may be able to act as a chaperone if you wish.

If a chaperone is not offered but you would like someone to be present, do not be afraid to tell your doctor.

Procedures which are generally regarded as being of a sensitive nature are:

  • Cervical cytology
  • Gynaecological
  • Testicular
  • Breast examination
  • Rectal examination