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Use this API to access the Personal Demographics Service (PDS), the national electronic database of NHS patient details such as name, address, date of birth, related people and NHS Number.
- search for patients
- check that you have the correct NHS Number for a patient
- get patient details
- create a new record for a birth
- receive birth notifications
- create a record for a new patient (except for GPs - see below)
You should not use this API to create a new record when registering a new patient at a GP Practice. Instead, use National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS).
You can retrieve current and historical demographic information for a patient including:
- NHS Number
- birth information
- contact details
- registered GP
- preferred pharmacy
- consent information
- related people, such as next of kin
- death information