Use Your NHS Number
The presence of the NHS Number on all patient records both paper and electronic, is to become mandatory.
We have set this section up to help you understand why you need to know your NHS Number and why you should keep this information to hand.. We have provided answers to some of the questions you may have. In addition to this you can download information leaflets explaining how you can find out your NHS Number and why you should use it.
What is my NHS Number?
Your NHS Number is given to you when you register with a GP practice. Your NHS Number helps healthcare staff to find your health records. Each NHS Number is made up of 10 digits.
Why is the NHS Number important to me?
Your NHS Number is unique to you. Using your NHS Number to identify you correctly is an important step towards improving the safety of your healthcare. If you know your NHS Number you can help healthcare staff find your records more easily and share them safely with others who are caring for you.
How can I find out my NHS Number?
To find out your NHS Number you can contact your GP practice and ask them to look it up. Alternatively, if you are not registered with a GP practice, you can ask your local primary care trust (PCT) to look it up.
Information leaflets available to download
From birth for life - how to find out your baby's NHS Number and why it is important.