Users' questions

Why is my NHS Number not valid?

Why is my NHS Number not valid?

If you have had NHS care or treatment Your NHS number is assigned to you soon after you’re born or the first time you get NHS care or treatment. This number is valid for life unless you’re assigned a new number due to a reason like adoption or gender reassignment.

How do I check if my NHS Number is valid?

Calculating a check digit If you’ve got 9 digits, then you have a nearly valid NHS number. To use it in other systems, you’ll need all 10 digits – you need to calculate the check digit. As mentioned earlier, not all potential NHS numbers are valid.

What happens if you have two NHS numbers?

Duplicate NHS Numbers A duplicate is where 2 or more NHS Numbers exist for one NHS patient. We investigate and confirm whether the NHS Numbers relate to the same person. When duplicate NHS Numbers are confirmed the records are merged, leaving the patient with a single unique NHS Number.

Are old NHS numbers still valid?

Having the old style NHS Number will not affect your care.

Is the NHS number mandatory?

The NHS NUMBER, the primary identifier of a PERSON, is a unique identifier for a PATIENT within the NHS in England and Wales. It is mandatory to record the NHS NUMBER. There are exceptions, such as emergency care, sexual health and major incidents, as defined in existing national policies.

Is a CHI number the same as a NHS number?

The COMMUNITY HEALTH INDEX NUMBER (CHI NUMBER) uniquely identifies a PATIENT on the Community Health Index (Scotland) within the NHS in Scotland. It is the equivalent of the NHS NUMBER in England and Wales.

Is a CHI number the same as a NHS Number?

How do I get a NHS medical card?

When you telephone your local PCT, ask for the Patient and Practitioners’ Service Agency. Registration staff will take your name, date of birth, address and then issue you with a medical card, usually within two days. When you register with a local GP practice, you will be given an NHS Number as part of registration.

How do NHS correct mistakes in medical records?

If you find an error, you can ask for it to be corrected — the ‘right to rectification’. This was made explicit in the Data Protection Act in 2018. A request can be made verbally or in writing, and your GP practice has a month to respond.

How can I find my NHS Number if I don’t have a GP?

You should also be able to find your NHS Number on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, test results, and hospital referral or appointment letters. If you cannot find your NHS Number in these ways, you can ask your GP practice to help you.

Can I register with a GP without my NHS Number?

No. Your NHS number helps with the registration process. However, you do not need your NHS number to register with a GP practice. For more information about the NHS number visit the NHS website.

What do NHS numbers start with?

The current format for displaying NHS Numbers is the 3-3-4 format (e.g. 123 456 7890) which was introduced in 1996. From October 2002,​ every baby born in England and Wales has been issued with their own NHS Number from birth.

Is the national code 08 valid for the NHS?

The trace status of the NHS NUMBER. National Code 08 ‘Trace postponed (baby under six weeks old)’ is not valid for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set , Maternity Services Data Set and Mental Health Services Data Set. has an attribute NHS NUMBER STATUS INDICATOR CODE of type NHS NUMBER STATUS INDICATOR CODE

What happens if the NHS number is not used?

If the result is 11 then a check digit of 0 is used. If the result is 10 then the NHS NUMBER is invalid and not used. Step 5 Check the remainder matches the check digit. If it does not, the NHS NUMBER is invalid. Further guidance is available from the NHS Digital website at: NHS Number.

Why is the NHS data model and dictionary important?

The NHS Data Model and Dictionary provides a reference point for approved Information Standards Notices to support health care activities within the NHS in England. It has been developed for everyone who is actively involved in the collection of data and the management of information in the NHS.

Is the NHS number Status Indicator code the same?

NHS NUMBER STATUS INDICATOR CODE is the same as attribute NHS NUMBER STATUS INDICATOR CODE. For specific National Code usage in different data sets, see NHS NUMBER STATUS INDICATOR CODE.