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Medical Cards

What is a Medical Card?

The Medical Card is issued to a patient for the purpose of confirming their registration with a GP Practice for primary medical services. Medical Cards are only issued when requested by a patient. You do not need to hold a medical card to register with a GP Practice or receive services from the NHS in Scotland.

The Medical Card contains the following:

  • Your name, address and date of birth
  • The name and address of your GP Practice
  • Your Community Health Index (CHI) number
  • Your unique NHS number

Why might I require a Medical Card?

The Medical Card may be required to be presented to confirm a person's registration on a GP Practice's list of patients. However, if you do not have a Medical Card you will still be able to register with a GP Practice.

What can I use my Medical Card for?

You can only use your Medical Card to prove your registration with a GP Practice to obtain primary medical services OR to provide as part of applying to register with a new GP Practice.

What can I NOT use my Medical Card for?

The Medical Card cannot be used a a form of Identication or for any use outwith the NHS in Scotland.

How do I obtain a Medical Card?

Contact the Practitioner Services (Medical) office for the NHS Board area that you live in. We have listed these in the Medical Contact Details section.