NHS login

We're introducing an NHS login to make it easier and quicker for you to see your personal health information online.

We're testing the NHS login with a group of people. It'll be available to the public in 2019.

How to set up your NHS login

You can set up your NHS login (username and password) using your email address and mobile phone.

You don't need your NHS Number to set up your NHS login, but it could help us to find your health record if you do know it.

After you have set up your NHS login, you'll need to go through a further one-off step to prove who you are.

This is to make sure that we connect you correctly to your confidential health and care information.

Proving who you are

The quickest and simplest way is to complete this step online. We'll ask you to:

  • take a photo of an ID document, such as a UK passport or driving licence
  • record a short video of yourself reading out loud 4 numbers that we've sent to you

We're working on other ways for you to do this if you don't have photo ID or you'd prefer not to complete your ID checks online.

Other ways of proving who you are

Instead of using photo ID and a video to prove who you are, if you already use GP online services you'll be able to use your registration details.

We're also working with GOV.UK Verify to let you re-use GOV.UK Verify accounts to access NHS websites and apps.

How you can use your NHS login

Once you have proven who you are, you can use your NHS login repeatedly without having to prove who you are each time.

You'll initially be able to use the NHS login to access the NHS App.

The NHS App is a simple way to connect to digital NHS health services on your mobile phone or tablet.

For example, you'll be able to book a GP appointment, order repeat prescriptions and see your GP medical records.

In the future, you'll be able to use your NHS login to access many other health and social care services online.

It'll mean you don't have to remember lots of different usernames and passwords.

Your data is stored securely

NHS login stores and processes your personal information securely and in line with strict standards. Read more about these data storage standards PDF, 2.25Mb.

Other health services, websites and apps that use NHS login have to meet NHS Digital's standard on proving identity.

Media last reviewed: 15/10/2018

Media review due: 15/10/2021

Page last reviewed: 23/10/2018
Next review due: 23/10/2021