Personal Demographics Service - HL7 V3 API
Use this API to access the Personal Demographics Service (PDS), the national electronic database of NHS patient details such as name, address, date of birth, related people, registered GP and NHS number.
search for patients
check that you have the correct NHS number for a patient
get patient details
create a new record for a birth
receive birth notifications - although another option is PDS Notifications FHIR API
create a record for a new patient (except for GPs - see below)
You should not use this API to create a new record when registering a new patient at a GP Practice. Instead, use National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS).
You can retrieve current and historical demographic information for a patient including:
related people, such as next of kin
Spine Mini Service Provider (SMSP) options
There are also commercially available products which give easier access to PDS, known as Spine Mini Service Providers (SMSPs).
These and other conforming software products are listed in our Conformance Catalogue.
If you are interested in becoming a provider of one of these products, see Personal Demographics Service - SMSP API standards.
A healthcare worker must be present and authenticated with an NHS smartcard or a modern alternative to use this API.