All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where one is considered to be required. A chaperone may be a family member or friend, but on some occasions a formal chaperone may be necessary.

Patients are advised to ask for a chaperone if required, at the time of requesting an appointment, so that arrangements can be made and the appointment is not delayed in any way. The healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations.