SoR publishes guidance on intimate examinations

Published: 24 May 2016 Ezine

The SoR has published new guidance for diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers on best practices for carrying out intimate examinations and the use of chaperones.

The new document provides an update on the previous guidance from the Society published in 2011.

It is intended to be used alongside intimate examination policies already in place at trusts, health boards or other healthcare providers.

The guidance also contains important advice on how student radiographers can learn to carry out intimate examinations in a safe way.

The guidance advises radiographers to:

  • Familiarise yourself with local and national guidelines
  • Get consent for the examination, explain what will occur
  • Offer a chaperone
  • Give patients privacy to dress and undress
  • Avoid light hearted or personal comments
  • Stop if the patient asks
  • Keep careful records

Click here to read the full guidance.