How to find your NHS number

How to find your NHS number

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Everyone in the UK is assigned an NHS number, in order to coordinate care, organise appointments and sort medications. This number is unique to each person, allocated to registered users of the three public health services in England, Wales and the Isle of Man. Here’s how to find your NHS number.

Your NHS number helps to accurately link you to your medical record.

Your unique number helps transfer records over electronically should you move practice or change hospitals, and makes referrals to different services easier.

Your NHS number also helps the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) send electronic prescriptions from GP surgeries to pharmacists.

An NHS number is 10 digits long, but you don’t need to know it to use NHS services.

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For example, if you do not know your NHS number you can still:

  • book a coronavirus vaccine (if you’ve been invited)
  • get a coronavirus test on GOV.UK
  • make medical appointments

However, knowing or taking note of your NHS number can be useful.

How to find your NHS number

Should you receive communication from the NHS about appointments, referrals or other information, your NHS number will be on the top of the letter.

The NHS has a service set up online to help you find your NHS number.

Visit this link here to use the ‘Find your NHS Number’ service.

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You will need to give your name, date of birth and postcode.

Once you have popped these into the system you will receive a text, email or letter with your NHS number.

Make sure you are using the information your GP surgery has.

If you are using this service for someone else, enter their information. They will be sent their NHS number.

In Scotland, the system is slightly different, with each person using the health service issued a 10 digit Community Health Index (CHI) number.

Non-Scottish patients and other temporary residents can have a CHI number allocated if needed.

Again if you have a CHI number this will be included in any documents from health services, such as appointment letters.

You can also ring your GP and find out your NHS and CHI number this way if you wish.

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