You can always have a relative or friend with you when you see your GP or Nurse or you can ask at reception to provide a confidential, trained chaperone, preferably when you make your appointment. Many of our receptions have had specific training.

The doctor or nurse might offer this when you are undergoing examinations of an intimate or sensitive nature e.g. cervical cytology, gynaecological, testicular, breast or rectal examination. Also when you or the clinician might, in other circumstances, feel vulnerable.

You are also welcome to bring a friend or companion to the consultation.