What if a patient declines a chaperone?
It is important to explore the reasons why the patient does not wish to have a chaperone and to address any concerns they may have Even if a patient declines the offer of a chaperone, the doctor/nurse may feel that in certain circumstances (for example, an intimate examination on a young adult of the opposite gender), it would be wise to have a chaperone present for their own protection. • The doctor should explain that they would prefer to have a chaperone, explain that the role of the chaperone is in part to assist with the procedure and providereassurance. It is important to explore the reasons why the patient does not wish to have a chaperone and to address any concerns they may have. • If the patient still declines, the doctor will need to decide whether or not they are happy to proceed in the absence of a chaperone. This will be a decision based on both clinical need and the requirement for protection against any potential allegations of improper conduct. • Another option to cons