We will cover exactly how to update your address with the NHS and cover any other questions you might have.
Telling the NHS that you have changed address is important. If you don’t update your GP or the NHS, your personal information may go to the incorrect address or you could be susceptible to identity fraud.
There are three institutions within the NHS that you need to inform when moving home
You can update your address with the NHS online across your GP and the NHS database by filling out the form below. This change of address form enables you to update your address with the NHS in 2 minutes.
In addition to updating your NHS records, you can update your GP, dentist, HMRC, DVLA, and hundreds of other businesses at the same time.
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SlothMove’s change of address service will update your current GP with your new address and update your address on the NHS database. We will help you understand what you need to complete with the NHS regarding your move, such as if you need to update your hospital, your GP, and even find a new GP if you haven’t yet.
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know, including;
Naturally, there are loads of companies you need to update with your address change, not just the NHS. We can help you update your address with the NHS online.
Those address changes will be processed automatically, and your NHS records will be reflected to your healthcare professional, GP, and NHS system within 2 weeks.
With SlothMove, you are able to tell everyone you’re moving including HMRC, energy suppliers, club cards, and many more on our change of address form. If you need to update your address with anyone else as well, start below.
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If you are receiving treatment from a hospital your first port of call is to tell your hospital that you’ve changed address. If you’re moving to an area in which your nearest hospital is the same you should still update your address.
For some hospitals you will be able to do this online, for others, you can just call them up.
If you’re moving to a different city then you will need to do the same process but with their local hospital.
In theory, once you’ve updated your hospital they should update your GP and dental practice. Unfortunately, the NHS is quite modular and the institutions don’t actually speak to each other.
The good news? Soon you will actually be able to do this in our online change of address form.
Telling your dentist that you have changed address is something you might need to do manually. If your dentist is an NHS practice they might get updated, but according to the NHS, it is recommended that you inform your practice directly. There isn’t a more exciting way around how to change your address with your dentist just yet, unfortunately!
Of course, the vast majority of dentists will need to be updated via phone or post, as opposed to online.
If you’re wondering how to update your address with your GP you’re certainly being wise.
The last thing you or anyone else wants is anyone else accessing your private medical records.
And it’s easily done because we are human and can forget.
The best way to update your address with your GP is to update them online using SlothMove’s change of address service. This can be done online in 2 minutes and you can update other institutions, such as HMRC, at the same time. If you’re moving areas (and therefore changing GPs) you only need to inform your new GP.
Their systems will inform your old practice. That said if you want to be extra careful and are expecting sensitive materials you can reduce the risk of mistakes by letting both practices know.
To change GP in the UK you simply need to register at a new NHS-certified practice. In England, there are 6,822 GP practices to choose from.
If you are moving home you will want to inform your previous GP practice and healthcare professionals that you’re moving. You can use SlothMove’s change of address service to notify your previous GP about your move and update your details on the NHS system.
You can also use SlothMove’s ‘help me find a new GP‘ feature and we’ll email you local GPs to your new address. Alternatively, there is the ‘GP-Finder’ solution.
Each GP has different processes for setting up – some are digital, some are paper-based and others operate over the phone.
Most will require you to enter the practice to complete your registration. And, in a nutshell, that’s exactly how you change GPs.
And with that in mind, let’s turn to some frequently asked questions.
You can call the NHS helpline on 0800224488, or visit their website here. Please remember, beyond NHS change of address if you have an emergency dial 999 and if you’re not sure of the severity of your condition, your GP or 111 is a good place to start
You can make a request in writing, by email, or over the phone to the NHS. Full details on how to contact them can be found here. To gain access to this information you will need to provide two forms of proof of primary documentation (birth certificate, driving licence, passport) and two forms of secondary documentation (utility bill, bank statement, tax certificate etc..)
That depends on which part of the NHS you’d like to update (hospital, GP, or dentistry). You’ll need to update them all individually. Some you can do online, but for the majority, you will need to call them and let them know about your change of details or change of address.
Accessing your medical records in the UK is free. You can gain access to your GP medical records (information on allergies, previous appointments, diagnoses, hospital discharges, etc..) on GP Services. You, of course, also have options under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).
You only need to execute a change of address for your NHS pension if you’re already in receipt of it. To update your pension, head over to their services hub. You can also contact NHS Pensions on 345 1212522. If you are overseas, then dial: +44 121 283 0303
You can also update your address with your NHS pension using our change of address service. Select which pension providers you’re with such as NHSBSA and we’ll send a moving home notification on your behalf.
If you want to change the address on your NHS Medical Card you will need to follow the bespoke instructions on the back of the card. Your location (Ireland/England/Scotland) might affect what actions you need to undertake to update the address on the NHS Medical Card.
You can find out how many cases of COVID-19 there are in your area here. The Labour Party and TUC are launching a campaign called ‘Let’s Vaccinate Britain’. The NHS will be looking for around 50,000 volunteers to help administer the vaccine and it’s something you can get involved with if you’d like to support.
The Personal Demographics Service, also known more simply as ‘PDS’, is a national database for NHS patients. The database holds patient information such as:
Through our medical change of address service, patients can update contact details onto the national database. This will also be reflected in the NHS App, usually within 14 days
One of the gems of the UK is the National Health Service, the NHS, and if you’re living in the UK, you would more likely than not come across the need to utilise this incredible public healthcare service. However, if you’re moving homes, you might not realise that you need to update your address with the NHS in order to more smoothly use the service.
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Hopefully you now fully understand how to update your address with the NHS. It’s not just all about NHS change of address, it’s also important to do and a few minutes spent being proactive can save you hours of headache down the road. It’s important to let your General Practitioner (GP) know you have moved home. You can update your GP through SlothMove online. Finally, if you found this useful consider taking a moment to see how we can help you with your home move.