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Know your NHS Number


Most of us know our home postcode and can remember PIN numbers for the cash machine, but do you know your NHS Number?


Everyone registered with the NHS in England and Wales has a ten digit NHS Number which consists of three digits, followed by three more, and then four numbers at the end.


The RD&E is part of a national campaign from NHS Connecting for Health, to encourage everyone to know their ten digit NHS Number.


Why is your NHS Number important?

Your NHS Number is printed on your medical card given when you register with a GP.


You may have an old style NHS Number on your medical card which contains both letters and numbers. This style has been replaced for all NHS patients with the new version made up of only numbers.


Having an old style NHS Number will not affect your care, but it is important that you find out your new number.


How can I find my NHS Number?

If you don’t know your NHS Number or have an old style number you can:

If you are not registered with a GP you will not have an NHS Number.


For more information:

Check the ‘frequently asked questions’ for patients

Connecting for Health NHS number website