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What do I need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. For anyone aged 18 or over who is registered with a GP in Coventry and Warwickshire, Birmingham (excluding west Birmingham) and Solihull, or Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the change is taking place automatically as we now switch on the ICR across the organisations taking part in the programme. We’ll update the list of organisations over time to reflect any changes that may take place.

Your GP practice can choose not to take part in the ICR programme. If that is the case for your practice, the information in your GP records will not be available for other health and care professionals to view through the ICR.  Please check with your GP practice if you would like to know whether it is taking part.

The benefits to you include:

  • Not having to repeat your details every time you have a different episode of care
  • Better and potentially faster treatment due to health and care professionals having access to better information
  • Reduction in potential medication errors through clinicians having access to your medication history (past and present)
  • More effective treatment should you need care for COVID-19 due to fast access to information about any pre-existing conditions and your medications

What if I do not want my records to be available through the ICR?

You have a right to object at any time. We don’t recommend this, as information that could be vital when you need health or social care support – for instance, during a visit to a hospital Emergency Department – might not be immediately to hand as a result.
Objecting will mean the services giving you care will be unable to view your records from other services.

However, the decision is entirely yours. If you do want to object, you can find out how on our Right to Object page.

Please note, the ICR is different to anything you might have said no to before. So, if you don’t want your records to be available to view through it, you’ll need to object.

Please be reassured that we take the security of your information very seriously.