Tissue and eye services
Give someone a new lease of life
The power to reconstruct
Donated tissue, such as skin, bones and eyes, can save or dramatically improve the lives of many people suffering from illness or injury. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and their families, we collect tissue from thousands of living and deceased donors every year. Annually, this provides around 8,500 life-changing implants for 2,600 patients.
Why donate tissue?
Thanks to our donors and their families, we’re able to provide tissue to repair or rebuild the bodies, faces and lives of severely injured people.
Our specialist tissue donation nurses are responsible for the coordination of tissue donation after death. They provide support and assistance to newly bereaved families, and ensure tissues are donated in accordance with the wishes of our donors and their loved ones.
What can I donate?
Registering to be a tissue donor is quick and easy.
You can choose to donate tissue, such as skin, bone, tendons, eyes, heart values and arteries after your death. Or, you can donate some tissue when you’re alive, for example, removed bone following a hip replacement.
Mothers who have had their babies safely delivered by elective caesarean section can donate amniotic membrane.
Did you know?
You can donate bone removed after a hip replacement. We work with 75 hospitals to run this program, and bank bone from more than 3,000 living donors.
We operate the UK's largest tissue bank and are the largest not-for-profit organisation supplying the NHS with human tissue for transplant. Our role is to co-ordinate, recover, process, bank and supply human tissue grafts for use in surgery within the NHS and independent hospitals in the UK.
We also provide support services to other tissue banks. Our National Referral Centre gains consent to donate from over 2,500 eye only donors per year, which is more than half of all eye donors in the UK.
Human tissue you can trust
We offer a wide range of tissue grafts for use by various surgical specialities including orthopaedics, burns, cardiology and ophthalmics.
Our unique service controls the whole supply chain of tissue from donor referral to surgery. This lets us guarantee the highest safety and quality standards. Thus minimising risk to patients.
You're in safe hands
All procedures are designed to comply with:
- The Human Tissue Act (2004) and codes of practice
- The EU Cell and Tissue Directive
- EU Regulations and Guidance on Microbiological Safety of Human Organs, Tissue and Cells used in Transplantation
- The Guidelines for the Blood Transfusion Service in the UK