From spring 2020 the law around organ donation in England is changing. Unless you choose to opt out, you will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when you die. To find out more about your choices or opt out, click here. #PassItOn
The gift of life
Already carry a card? Carrying the card is a great start, but to be a registered organ donor you need to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Today, 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. But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving gift to others.
The NHS Organ Donor Register
You can sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register online or by calling the NHS Organ Donor Line: 0300 123 23 23. Lines are open 24 hours, 365 days a year. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls. Find out about blood, tissue and bone marrow donation on NHS Blood and Transplant.
Organ Donation Report 2018/19
A summary of the Trust’s latest Organ Donation Report for 2018/19 can be downloaded by clicking here. It shows that in 2018/19, we facilitated six organ donors in total, resulting in 10 patients receiving a life-saving or life-changing transplant.
Watch the videos below to hear from Dr Sarah Marsh, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation and Mark Smith, a double transplant recipient and Organ Donation Committee member, on the importance of organ donation and joining the NHS Organ Donor Register: