Skip to main content

How do I get a medical card?

Posted in

A National Health Service (NHS) medical card is issued when you first register with a General Practitioner (GP). It contains your NHS number and other information such as your name, address, date of birth, and details of your registered practice or individual doctor.

If you do not have one (for example, in the case of a newborn baby or because you have just arrived from another country), the GP receptionist will give you a form to fill in (GMS1). When your application is approved, your medical card will be posted to your home address.

Your medical card will include your unique number, which is used as the common identifier for patients across different NHS organisations.

If you move house / change your telephone number or alter your personal details,  it is very important to inform the GP Surgery of your new address.

When you register with a new GP, you will be asked for your NHS medical card. The new GP will inform Central Service’s Agency for your name to be added to his/her patient list and your medical records will be sent to the new GP.