Your NHS number

Everyone registered with the NHS in England, Wales and the Isle of Man has a unique patient identifier called NHS Number. Most GP practices will send you a letter containing your NHS Number when you register with them.
Your NHS Number helps healthcare staff and service providers identify you correctly and match your details to your health records. This will ensure you receive safe and efficient care within the NHS.

Have your number to hand when you come to hospital

Having your NHS number to hand when you visit the NHS will help to make sure that you are correctly identified and create a complete record of your case across all NHS organisations. You don't need to know your NHS Number to receive care, and you should not be denied care on the basis you do not know, or do not have, an NHS Number.
Please help us to keep your information correct by letting us and your GP practice know of any changes to your name, address or your GP.