Frequently asked questions (Contact Centre)

How can I find out my NHS number?

You should 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 at home, you can ask your GP practice to help you. They should be able to provide the number for you as long as you are registered with them. To protect your privacy, you may be asked to show a passport, driving licence or some other proof of identity. For further information about the NHS number visit NHS Choices.

Do I need to know my NHS number to register with a GP?

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 NHS Choices.

How do I get a medical card?

Medical cards are no longer issued in England. If you still have one it may have an old-style NHS Number made-up of both letters and numbers. However, in recent years this has been replaced for all patients with an NHS Number containing only numbers. For more information about the NHS number visit NHS Choices.

How do I choose and register with a GP?

You can find out how to choose and register with a GP on NHS Choices.

How do I find an NHS dentist?

The service finder on NHS Choices enables you to find local NHS services, including dentists. You will need to contact the dental practice directly and check whether they are currently accepting NHS patients.

Which dental treatments are available on the NHS?

All treatment that is, in your dentist’s opinion, clinically necessary to protect and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. For more information visit NHS Choices.

How do I apply for a European Health Insurance Card?

A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. Learn about the EHIC and how to apply or renew on NHS Choices.

Am I entitled to help with health costs?

If you have a low income, you may be able to get help with NHS costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS). The scheme covers:

  • prescription costs
  • dental costs
  • eye care costs
  • healthcare travel costs
  • wigs and fabric supports

For further information including how to apply, visit NHS Choices.