How To Update Your Address With The NHS

Everything You Need To Know

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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:

  1. Your Hospital
  2. Your Dentist
  3. Your GP

With that in mind, let’s get started 

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Update Your Address Online

Naturally, there are loads of companies you need to update with your address change, not just the NHS. You can actually tell everyone you’re moving including the DVLA, energy supplier, club cards and many more on our change of address form. Go ahead, it’s 100% free.

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How To Change Address With Your 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

How To Change Address With Your Dentist

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.

How To Change Address With Your GP

If you’re wondering how to change 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 give them a call. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NHS helpline number?

You can call the NHS helpline on 0800224488, or visit their website here.  Please remember, if you have an emergency dial 999 and if you’re not sure of the serverity of your conidition, your GP or 111 is a good place to start

How do I access my personal information with the NHS?

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..)

How do I update my NHS details?

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.

How do I access my medical records UK?

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).

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now fully understand how to update your address with the NHS. It is important to do and a few minutes spent being proactive can save you hours of headache down the road.

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