Chaperone Policy

NHS Forth Valley 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 NHS Forth Valley staff are expected to deliver services and provide care in a manner which respects individuality, treats users of services and their carers fairly and members of the workforce respectfully, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, race & ethnicity, religion/belief, sexual orientation.

Our Chaperone Policy specifically applies to all intimate examinations and procedures. These are defined as any examination or procedure involving the rectum, genitalia or breasts. It also includes examinations or interventions involving the complete removal of outer clothing down to underwear or less.

You can have a member of your family or friend accompany you in your appointment.

Alternatively, you may prefer to have a chaperone you do not know. In this case, a specially-trained member of our administration team or another clinican will sit in your appointment. If you would like a chaperone for your appointment, please make our administrative team aware when you are booking your appointment.

Please note: in emergency situations, there may not be enough time to arrange an impartial chaperone. However, we will do everything to accomodate your request.