All patients will shortly be receiving a letter from the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) for Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Organisations. This contains information regarding a long-term project to improve the way Health and Social Care organisations share information about you.

With your consent, doctors, nurses and other Health and Social Care professionals and services will be able to see the information held on your GP record, when necessary for your care. Your GP record contains the most complete and up-to-date information about your health and well-being. Allowing them to view this information will help when decisions are made about your care and treatment. It will also benefit you, as it will mean less time filling in forms and more time looking after you.

You can agree or refuse to share your information at any time; the decision is entirely up to you.

If you do not wish for your information to be shared, please advise Reception. Please be reassured that any Health or Social Care professional, outside of the practice, who needs to see your record, will ask for your consent to do so at the point of care.

If you are unsure or have any further questions you can; watch a short video explaining access to your information on the NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website (www.coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk); email: shareyourinformation@coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk or leave your question on an answer machine service (telephone number 024 7624 6806) and we will call you back.

If you require this information in an alternative format (e.g. braille, audio, easy read or your spoken language), please contact a member of the CCG Communications and Involvement Team on: contactus@coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk or ring 024 7624 6806.

Finally, please be reassured that we take the security of your information very seriously. Your GP record will only be viewed by those who are involved in your care at that moment in time. This will help them make the right decisions to ensure you receive the best care possible at all times.