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Organ donation and transplantation


Give the gift of life after your death

Together we can save more people

We manage the NHS Organ Donor Register and National Transplant Register, which lets us fairly match donors to people who are waiting for a transplant. Thanks to our amazing donors, we were able to facilitate more transplants in 2016/17 than ever before. This is fantastic, but there is still lots to do. There are currently around 6,500 people on the UK transplant waiting list. Last year, nearly 500 people died while waiting for a transplant.

Did you know?

You can register your decision to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register at any age.

Please let your family know your decision, as they will be asked to give permission until you reach the legal age. The legal age can vary depending on whether you live in England/Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland. There is no upper age limit for donation. Clinical staff will decide which organs are suitable for donation.

You're in safe hands

  • We hold a Procurement License
  • We are operate under the EU Organ Donation Directive and EU Tissue and Cells Directive
  • We are regulated by the Human Tissue Authority


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