Lifestyle

What is my NHS number and how do I find it?

THERE'S a different password or code for everything these days and your health is no different.

Your NHS number is useful to have as it can make things like booking appointments and registering Covid tests much easier.

It's easy to get your NHS number, which is a ten digit number which will be spaced out as three numbers, followed by another three and then followed by four – so it should look something like 485 777 3456.

The easiest way to find it is to access it online, but if you can't do that then your NHS number will also be on any letter from the NHS.

This could be an appointment letter or a prescription.

You can also call your GP surgery and ask them for your NHS number.

NHS numbers can come in handy as they allow doctors and nurses to link you to your medical records.

For example if you need to call 111 for help then they will be able to find your details faster if you know your NHS number.

How to get your NHS number online

First you will need to visit the NHS website.

Then you need to click the green 'start' button which will take you to the next page where you need to enter your first and second name.

It's important that you use your full name and the one that you are registered with your GP as, rather than a nickname or a shortened version of your name.

Once you have entered your name, click continue and you will be asked to enter your date of birth.

Next you will be asked to enter your postcode, before being asked to double check your answers.

You will then be given the option to go back and amend them, but if everything looks good, you can click continue.

You can then choose how you would like to receive your NHS number and this can be through a text message, email or by letter.

If you clicked text message or email then it should arrive immediately and will be in your inbox under 'NHS – Find your NHS number'.

If you selected to receive your NHS number by post then it should come through your door in five days.

If it doesn't come then you should contact your GP surgery.

But if none of the information that was displayed at the start, such as your email and address are correct then you won't be able to get your NHS number.

Instead you will be able to find it in your NHS App. If you haven't used it before then you will have to register.

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