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Access patients' personal information, such as name, address, date of birth, related people, registered GP and NHS number using our Spine Mini Service Provider (SMSP) API.
This API is deprecated. For more details, see API status.
Note: This only affects you if you use our NHS Digital PDS SMSP API, not if you use a third party PDS SMSP provider.
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, registered GP and NHS number.
Personal Demographics Service - HL7 V3 API - use this if you want to use functions that are not yet available on the FHIR API, such as creating a new record for a birth, receiving birth notifications, or creating a record for a new patient (except when registering a new patient at a GP Practice, use NHAIS). For birth notifications, another option is PDS Notifications FHIR API.
As of 14 October 2021, this API is deprecated, meaning:
it is still available for use
full service levels still apply
we are unlikely to make any updates to it
new integrations are not allowed - although in-flight integrations may continue
we will retire it at some point
This API will be retired on 31st January 2024, meaning it will not be available for use after that date. We have set the retirement date based on feedback from users. For more details, see our interactive product backlog.