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SEX DOCTOR: Shy over GP exam.

Byline: Dr Catherine Hood

Dear Dr Cath

I WENT to see my GP about a private problem. He said he needed to examine me and said there would be somebody else in the room with us.

It was embarrassing enough without another person I didn't know watching. I feel a bit abused by the whole experience.

THE other person was a chaperone to put you at your ease, not to make you feel awkward.

The General Medical Council recommends chaperones are offered to people having intimate examinations.

Their job is to make sure the doctor behaves professionally and there is no possibility of abuse.

Some people can misinterpret the actions of a doctor during examination or falsely accuse them later of behaving inappropriately.

Don't let this stop you from getting the treatment you need. Just ask the doctor if you can be examined without a chaperone.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 28, 2007
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