This policy is designed to protect both you as a client and EPIC directors/associates from abuse or allegations of abuse and to assist you in making an informed choice about your examinations and consultations. If a consultation is conducted at any point with you or your child alone then this will be explained clearly as to why this is felt necessary/appropriate and your consent will be obtained. For a young person under the age of 18 this must also be with their parent/guardian’s consent. Both will be clearly recorded in your record.
Where a physical examination is considered an essential part of your assessment this will be clearly explained to you, and to your parent/guardian if you are under 18. A professional and considerate manner will always be used, the nature of the proposed examination will be clearly explained and your consent, and/or parent/guardian consent if under 18, will be obtained and clearly recorded.
Physical examinations will only be conducted in a clinic room with an appropriate examination couch. You will always be provided with adequate privacy to undress and dress if this is required. Where possible parents/guardians should remain in the room and a portable examination screen can be used for privacy if needed. Where you are seen alone a chaperone will be offered, this will be another EPIC clinician. If you decline this offer of a chaperone this will be recorded in your record. If a chaperone offer is accepted but there is no appropriate EPIC clinician available the examination will be deferred to another day at no extra cost to you.