The medical consultation is a challenge to both doctor and patient, whether in the community or in hospital. The need for more detailed discussions with patients, along with their increasing autonomy and right to make choices in relation to their clinical care and treatment, has affected the traditional role of the doctor-patient relationship.
This has made maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the doctor-patient consultation more challenging, however, the guidance from national and regulatory bodies is clear that it is always the health professional’s responsibility to do so.
Chaperones and the role of an accompanying person in the consultation and in the clinical examination is a part of this responsibility to achieve a good standard of medical practice.
If you require a chaperone at any time during your consultation, please ask as we have many staff trained as chaperones.
Chaperoning Maintaining Boundaries