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NHS Number

The NHS Number is a unique number used to identify you and match you to your health records. Everyone registered with the NHS in England, Wales and the Isle of Man has their own number.

What's my NHS Number? 

You can ask your GP or other NHS health provider for your number. You can't currently look up your NHS Number online.  

Access to the Personal Demographics Service 

Authorised NHS Staff with a Smartcard can access the Personal Demographics Service (PDS) database - this is the national online database for NHS patient information. It's used by NHS staff to identify patients. 

 

What is the NHS Number?

The NHS number makes it possible to share patient information safely, efficiently and accurately across health and social care organisations.

More information about the NHS Number

About the NHS number
Personal Demographics Service 
Patient information about the NHS Number (NHS Choices)
National Back Office for PDS

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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