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Chaperones Confidentiality Under 16 year olds

GMC/RCGP/MDU advice re chaperones

  • Explain what needs to be done
  • Make patient aware that chaperone is available (notice in waiting room?)
  • Patientís family or friends not ideal
  • Insist on a chaperone if you feel unsafe
  • Give patient privacy to undress
  • Keep all discussion relevant
  • Avoid making personal comments or attempts at humour
  • Encourage patient to ask questions
  • GMC guidance

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Confidentiality

  • Venereal Disease Acts 1917
  • Where the history is being taken
  • Students and observers
  • Sexual contacts

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Under 16s

  • Gillick Competency
  • Child protection concerns
  • Limits to confidentiality
  • Under 13s
    • Local child protection agency
    • Social services

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Last modified: 25-09-08