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.
Why donate organs?
Thousands of people in the UK are waiting for an organ transplant. Thanks to our donors, some will be matched to a suitable organ. Sadly, due to a shortage of donors, many won’t. The more people who register to donate organs, the more lives we can save.
What can I donate?
It’s up to you what you decide to donate. Most donated organs and tissue come from people who have died, and are removed with great care and respect. You can also choose to donate a kidney or part of your liver or some types of tissue during your lifetime.
Register to donate
If you needed an organ transplant, would you have one? The NHS Organ Donor Register lets you choose whether you do or don’t wish to donate your organs after your death. It only takes 2 minutes, but if you register to donate, you might save lives in the future.
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.