Imperial College Health Centre

Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Chaperones

We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they consider one is required. The chaperone may be a family member or friend, but for intimate examinations a formal chaperone (an impartial observer – usually the Practice Nurse) is preferred.

Patients are advised to ask for a chaperone if required, at the time of booking an appointment, if possible, so that arrangements can be made and the appointment is not delayed in any way. Clinicians may also require a formal chaperone to be present for certain consultations/examinations.