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How to donate your organs

Organ donation is about leaving a legacy of life for others after you die...there is a huge need for donated organs, so register now.

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More than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their life.

Most are waiting for a kidney, others for a heart, lung or liver transplant. But less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.

Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine.

However they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving or life-enhancing gift to others.

One donor can save the life of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life of many more.

The more people who pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit.

By joining the NHS Organ Donor Register you could help to make sure life goes on for many others.

Joining the register records your agreement to the use of your organs and tissue for transplantation after your death.

How to donate your organs

Before you make this decision, discuss it with your family so they know of and agree to your wish to donate your organs when you die.

If you need more information it is available at UK Transplant’s website.

When you have made the decision to be a donor, you can register on the same website. Over a quarter of the population of the UK have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.

If you have a donor card but haven’t put your name on the NHS Organ Donor Register, your good intention may not be put into practice if you’re not carrying it in the event of your death.

Putting your name on the NHS Organ Donor Register also makes your family aware of your wishes and makes it easier for them to agree to your donation.

You should also state that you have registered in your Lifebox, and describe briefly why you want to donate your organs. This is known as a donation statement and should be added to your will.

However, putting your wish to donate organs in your will but not registering on the NHS Organ Donor Register will prevent your organs being used as too much time will have passed between your death and the reading of the will. 

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