Some patients find having another person in the room when intimate examinations are undertaken is helpful, others find it an intrusion. Chaperones have advantages and disadvantages, and occasionally the doctor, too, would like someone to be present. During surgery hours we will always be guided by your choice, and so if you would like a chaperon, please feel free to say so, it rarely creates any difficulties, and there will be no question of the doctor being offended. If you know in advance that an intimate examination will be needed (such as a smear test) and you would like a chaperone, please inform reception. If an examination is needed but you had not anticipated it, a member of staff will be happy to act as chaperon for you, or the examination can often – though not always – be delayed.