NHS Number

Summary

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.

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Learn about the NHS number

Find out how to access the Personal Demographics Service 

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.

Getting your 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.  

Personal Demographics Service (PDS) database

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.

More information about the NHS Number