A chaperone is a person who is present as well as the person who is examining you. All patients (male and female) are entitled to have a chaperone present when an intimate examination or procedure will take place. Usually the chaperone would be a member of staff.
In appropriate circumstances, a family member may act as chaperone.
Sometimes the Health Care Professional may request a chaperone themselves. All staff have completed chaperone training and relevant DBS checks.
A carer is a person of any age, adult or child, who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who could not manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate without this help.
There are many reasons why someone may need to be cared for these could be due to frailty, disability or a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse.
Carers package including what support is available – Please let us know if you are a carer or are cared for so we can utilise all the support that is available to you.