Information: What is NHS login?

NHS login



NHS login allows you to access a range of digital health services, with one username and password.

Your NHS login method will make it easier and quicker for you to securely access your Health App account.

When you set up your NHS login, you'll need to prove who you are. This is so you can securely connect to your NHS record.

Once you’ve proved who you are, you'll be given an NHS login, which will allow you access to apps and websites wherever you see the ‘NHS login’ button.

You will be able to safely and securely view your medical records, order repeat prescriptions, and book appointments through the app. 

Due to the security built into NHS login, it can take 30 minutes to go through the registration process and up to two hours to be verified (we know it's a bit painful, apologies).




What you will need

  • You can set up your NHS login username and password using your email address and phone number.
  • You can prove who you are by using one of the following:

    • Passport (except a Syrian passport)
    • UK driving licences (full or provisional)
    • European driving licences (full)
    • European national identity card (except a paper Italian ID card or Greek ID card)
    • UK residence card or biometric residence permit (BRP)
    The NHS has provided more information on proving your identity:

    NHS login help centre, Use photo ID to prove who you are

  • You'll need to send a photo of your I.D. and record a short video of your face while you say 4 numbers.

    You will be shown 4 numbers and you can record what they are by:
    • saying the numbers
    • signing the numbers, with British Sign Language
    • or writing the numbers down and showing them on the recording

    If you wish to apply for NHS login without providing photo I.D. and recording a short video, you can obtain the following from your GP:

    • An account ID
    • An ODS code (which could be called an Organisation Code or Practice ID)
    • A Linkage key (which could be called a Passphrase)
  • You don't need your NHS number to register for NHS login, however, it may make the process quicker if you do.

    More information on how to set up an NHS login: Set up NHS login




To help you understand the process, the NHS have developed a short video for patients and GP surgeries:



Here is another short video about NHS login:



Can't access the Health App, because you haven't migrated to NHS login?
Here's how you can migrate your Classic login method to NHS login: 

Classic Login - How to migrate to an NHS login



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