How do I find my NHS number? What to do if you don’t have one - and if you can book Covid vaccine without it

Everyone registered with the NHS in England, Wales and the Isle of Man has their own number

An NHS number is a 10 digit number unique to you and is usually found on any letter you receive from the NHS.

But where else can I find my NHS number and do I need it to book a Covid jab?

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What is an NHS number?

Your NHS number is a number unique to you.

The NHS says the number “helps healthcare staff and service providers identify you correctly and match your details to your health records.”

Everyone registered with the NHS in England, Wales and the Isle of Man has their own number.

Where can I find my NHS number?

You do not need to know your NHS number to use NHS services, but it can still be useful to have it.

You can find your NHS number on any letter you receive from the NHS, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. However, if you do not have access to any of these then you can use an online service to find your number.

This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number.

You will be asked for your name, date of birth and postcode.

The NHS will then send a text, email or letter with your NHS number to you.

You can also use this service for someone else. If you are using this service for someone else, enter their information and they will then be sent their NHS number.

Can I book a Covid vaccine without my NHS number?

The NHS explains that you are still able to book a Covid vaccine if you do not know your NHS number.

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

If you do not know your NHS number you can also still:

  • get a coronavirus test on GOV.UK
  • make medical appointments