About organ donation

Organ donation saves and improves thousands of lives each year, with even more lives improved by tissue donation.  

What is organ donation?

Organ donation is the act of giving an organ to save or improve the life of someone who needs a transplant.

You are able to donate some organs while you are alive, for example; a kidney, or part of your liver. However, most organ and tissue donations will come from people who have died.

Anyone can register a decision to donate their organs and tissue when they die, regardless of their age or medical conditions. To ensure that all donated organs are safe, the donor's medical and lifestyle history is assessed at the time of donation.

Faith, beliefs and culture play a big part in how people feel about organ donation, and if you choose to be a donor, these will always be respected.

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Registering your decision

Organ donation in England has changed to an opt out system. This means that all adults agree to become organ donors when they die, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate. You still have a choice whether or not you want to become an organ donor.

Registering your organ donation decision takes just two minutes if you register online.

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Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 123 23 23.

Whatever your organ donation decision, the best thing you can do is talk with your loved ones to give them the certainty they need to support it.

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The NHS Organ Donor Card

The NHS Organ Donor Card

When you register for the first time, if you have chosen to become an organ donor, we will send you an Organ Donor Card.

You can also download a digital version, or choose a digital card that reflects your faith or belief system.

If you have lost your card or need a replacement, you can download and print a new card at home.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 123 23 23 and request a new card.

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