Chaperone

We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times.

A chaperone is a person who accompanies and looks after another person to ensure that a their privacy, safety and dignity is protected during intimate examinations and procedures.

It also maximises the healthcare professional’s safety whilst carrying out consultations (particularly those with intimate examinations/procedures) and minimises the risk of their actions being misinterpreted.

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. This chaperone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a trained member of staff.

Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking your appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way. Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Following Government guidance, we are now able to plan to invite patients for their flu jabs and covid boosters.  These vaccinations (one in each arm) will be given at the same appointment.  The covid booster cannot be given until 6 months after you received your second covid vaccine.   You are likely to be offered a full dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (or, less likely, a half dose of the Moderna vaccine).  This follows scientific evidence showing that both of these vaccines provide a strong booster response, regardless of which vaccine you initially had.

 

We are currently working very hard to put these clinics in place so please bear with us.  We will be contacting eligible patients either by text, phone or letter inviting you to book an appointment a the Babington Vaccination Hub.

 

Eligible Under 18’s are the exception and will be offered the Nasal Flu vaccination at the Duffield Surgery.  Again, invitations will be sent by text, phone or letter.

 

We are still awaiting guidance regarding administering the covid vaccination to ‘At Risk’ children.