Organ donation

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Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine. But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families to make life-saving gifts to others.

One donor can save or enhance the life of several people or restore the sight of others.

There is a critical shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people in need of an organ is increasing all the time.

Join the Organ Donor RegisterWhat is organ donation?

Organ donation is the gift of an organ to help someone else who has organ failure and needs a transplant. 

Organs that can be donated after death include the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel. Tissue such as skin, bone, heart valves and corneas can also be used to help others.

Leave someone a future

Deciding whether to become a donor after you have died is something very personal and it is important that everyone makes their own decision. Discuss your decision with those closest to you so they know your wishes should the time ever come.

Even if you already carry a donor card, you should join the NHS Organ Donor Register to make sure your wishes are recorded. By joining the register you are giving your agreement to your organs and tissue being used for transplantation to save or enhance the lives of others after your death.

What we do

We have an organ donation committee that fully supports organ and tissue donation. We carry out kidney and pancreas transplants. We also work closely with the Tissue Service and with Moorfields Eye Hospital to retrieve corneas (the protective transparent layer at the front of the eye) for use in cornea transplants.

We have specialist nurses for organ donation and a dedicated end-of-life-care team who can help to answer any of your questions.

The need for donors has never been greater. So why not sign up now and give the gift of life today?

Join the Organ Donor Register

Tel: 0300 123 23 23 

Website:
organdonation.nhs.uk 

The facts

More than 10,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant and every year over 900 people die while waiting for a transplant.

You are more likely to need a transplant than become a donor

More than 20 million people in the UK have signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register

You have a choice of which organs and tissues to donate.

All of the major religions in the UK support the principles of organ donation and transplantation.