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

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

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

Having access to your NHS number can make it easier for you to access all your medical informationCredit: PA

It’s easy to get your NHS number – a ten-digit number.

It’s spaced three digits apart, followed by three more, then four – so it should look like 485 777 3456.

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

This can be an appointment letter or a prescription.

You can also call your doctor’s practice and ask them for your NHS number.

NHS numbers can be useful as they allow doctors and nurses to quickly and efficiently link you to your medical records.

For example, if you need to call 111 for help, they will be able to find your contact 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 have to click on the green “start” button which will take you to the next page where you have to enter your first name and middle name.

It is important that you use your full name and the one 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 prompted to enter your date of birth.

Next, you will be asked to enter your postal code, before being prompted to double check your answers.

You’ll then have the option to go back and edit them, but if everything looks good, you can click continue.

You can then choose how you want to receive your NHS number. This can be done by SMS, email or post.

If you clicked on a text or email, it should arrive immediately and will be in your inbox under ‘NHS – Find your NHS number’.

If you have chosen to receive your NHS number by post, it should arrive at your doorstep within five days.

If this does not come, you should contact your doctor’s office.

But if none of the information shown at the start, such as your email and address, is correct, you won’t be able to get your NHS number.

Instead, you’ll be able to find it in your NHS app. If you haven’t used it before, you will need to register and follow the steps.

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