In this article you will learn how to update your address with the NHS and answers to any of your common questions.
Telling the NHS that you have changed address is important. As we know, If your mail goes to the incorrect address you are susceptible to identity fraud.
There are three institutions within the NHS that we need to inform:
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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 finding a new GP if you haven’t yet.
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.
We’ll change those address automatically and email you if you have any next steps to take.
You can actually tell everyone you’re moving including the DVLA, energy supplier, 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.
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.
Good to know: Currently, due to the Corona Virus, most GP’s in the UK have closed face-to-face appointments. Instead, they are now conducting appointments over the phone or via video call. You can learn more about seeking medical help at this time here
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 address with your dentist just yet, unfortunately!
Of course, the vast majority of dentists will need to be updated via phone or post, as apposed to online.
If you’re wondering how to update 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 GP’s) 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.
With that in mind, let’s turn to some frequently asked questions.
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.
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
If you want to change address on your NHS Medical Card you will need to follow the bespoke instructions at the back of the card. Your location (Ireland/England/Scottland) 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.
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. If you found this useful consider taking a moment to see how we can help you with your home move.