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 nearly 3,400 transplants in 2020/21. This is fantastic, but there is still lots to do. We estimate there to be around 7,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. Last year over 470 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?
It's important to talk to your family
It is essential to tell your family whether or not you want to be an organ donor.
You can record a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register to opt in, or opt out, but your family will be asked to honour your decision, when the time comes.
If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, your family will be asked if they have any information that shows whether or not you wanted to donate.
English organ donation law has changed
All adults in England are now considered potential organ donors, unless they choose to opt out or are in one of the excluded groups.
This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system.