How to Find Your NHS Number

Written by joanne cichetti
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National Health Service (NHS) is the publicly funded health care system in the UK. Anyone registered with the National Health Service in Wales and England has a unique NHS number. If you were not born in England or Wales, you will need to approach a health centre, an NHS GP surgery or a Primary Care Trust (PCT) to get your NHS number. This 10-digit number helps the health care staff trace your health records.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Look for the number on your medical card (FP4). The 10-digit NHS number is typically found there. If your medical card is more than eight years old, it will show your old NHS number.

  2. 2

    Ask your general physician to look through your medical history notes to find the NHS number.

  3. 3

    Contact your local Primary Care Trust (PCT) and ask them to trace the NHS number for you. They will determine your NHS number from your past medical records.

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