Use of NHS Numbers
The NHS Number is the only unique, constant patient identifier in use across all care settings. This means that using the NHS Number helps to share patient information safely, efficiently and accurately particularly across organisational boundaries. This assists each care setting in holding complete patient records, and so reduces clinical risk.
The delivery of patient care is now often shared across a number of NHS and non- NHS clinical or business areas and suppliers. This flow of information and records related to a patient between organisations and social care are effectively linked up by use of the NHS Number. Because each patient’s NHS Number always remains the same it is the most reliable way to identify the correct patient, particularly within electronic systems.
If you do not know your NHS number please ask at Reception