How to get your NHS number

Having your NHS number makes accessing many NHS services like COVID-19 vaccination easier. This article explains how you can find yours...
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What is an NHS number?

Your NHS number is a unique 10 digit number, broken into 3 sections. For example, 111 222 3333.

Your unique number helps NHS staff identify you and match your details to your medical records.

How to find your NHS number


You can find your NHS number online using the Find your NHS number service . You will need to provide your name, date of birth and postcode in order to use this.


Documents or letters sent to you by the NHS will often have your NHS number on them.

Examples of these documents include:

  • Prescriptions
  • Test results
  • Hospital referral letters
  • Appointment letters

Your GP surgery

You can contact your GP surgery and ask them for your NHS number. You may have to prove your identity over the phone.

How to get an NHS number

You should have an NHS number if you registered for NHS care in England, Wales or the Isle of Man.

Your NHS number is assigned to you soon after you're born or the first time you get NHS care or treatment and the number is valid for life.

If you have never had NHS care or treatment

You can register with a GP practice to get an NHS number. Guidance on how to register with a GP surgery can be found here