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NHS Number: information for patients

Everyone registered with the NHS in England and Wales has their own NHS Number. It is the only national unique patient identifier, used to help healthcare staff and service providers match you to your health records. It is an important step towards providing you with safer patient care.

Your NHS Number

Each NHS Number is a unique 10-digit number, displayed in a 3-3-4 format.

From birth for life: Jas's NHS Number diary

Follow the NHS Number during a pregnancy diary, learning from a mother and midwife.

NHS Number for Babies

Every baby born in England and Wales is given an NHS Number at birth, allowing access to healthcare.

Queries, FAQs, links and downloads

Check any NHS Number queries you may have against our frequently asked questions.