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DCB1077 for patient identification

What is DCB1077?

DCB1077 has been updated from the original NHS Digital information standard ISB1077.

It supports the accurate, timely and safer identification of NHS patients, by defining how to encode the NHS approved patient identifiers into a GS1 DataMatrix for patient identity bands.

As a technology enabling standard, successful implementation will enable all patient and care system processes to be automatically linked to the patient using Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) techniques, e.g. bed management, phlebotomy, theatre management, medications administration.

The standard uses the GS1 System of standards for code numbering and barcoding, and NHS Digital's standard, ISB0099 Patient Identifiers for Identity Bands, for the required data items.

What are the DCB1077 data requirements?

Global Service Relation Number (GSRN):

  • NHS Digital GS1 Company Prefix (GCP) – Mandatory
  • NHS Number – Mandatory 
  • GSRN check digit – Mandatory 

Service Relation Instance Number (SRIN):

  • Service relation instance number – Optional

Hospital Identifiers:

  • Organisation Identifier (code of provider) e.g. ODS code – Mandatory
  • Local Patient Identifier (extended) e.g. MRN – Mandatory 
  • GS1 Global Location Number for the local hospital – Optional

Patient Descriptive Data:

  • Patient’s Family Name e.g. SMITH – Required 
  • Patient’s Given Name e.g. John – Required 
  • Patient’s Date of Birth e.g. 18-Jan-1980 – Required 
  • Patient’s Time of Birth e.g. 14:10 – Required (for neonate only)

Baby Details (for neonate only):

  • Number of babies indicator e.g. 1/1 = one baby; 1/2 = one of two babies – Required 
  • Baby of (Mother’s Family Name) – Required 
  • Baby of (Mother’s Given Name) – Optional 
What is the difference between ISB1077 and DCB1077?

There have been some changes made to the data items between ISB1077 and DCB1077 with the addition of the SRIN and modifications to the Hospital Identifiers.

These updates are depicted below to outline the key differences between the data sets for the two standards.



Here's a short summary of changes:


What does this mean for trusts and suppliers?

This means that all patient wristbands that already contain barcodes within your trust, or the trust you work with, now need to ensure they meet the requirements of DCB1077. And if new barcoded patient wristbands are to be implemented, they must also adhere to the requirements defined by DCB1077.

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To see the full standard and supporting documents, please visit the NHS Digital DCB1077 homepage for the following resources:

  • Requirements Specification

    This is the key document which explains the information standard in detail, covering the full scope of technical requirements and related information. It is the starting point and should be read first by users having to implement the standard. 
  • Implementation Guidance

    This document provides guidance to all impacted users on how to implement and conform to the information standard. 
  • Change Specification

    This document describes in detail, all changes made to the information standard and is directed at users who have already implemented previous versions.