Almost anyone from birth and beyond can be an organ donor, and most medical conditional don’t rule you out to become a donor. A medical evaluation at the time of death will determine what organs and/or tissue can be donated.
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need an organ transplant but unfortunately, only 3000 people a year receive one. Sadly, one thousand (three a day) die waiting. UK
Most organs are donated after death. If you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it makes it easier for medical staff to find out your wishes and discuss them with your relatives.
Registering to become a donor is a personal decision. You can join at any age, but until you are 18 (16 in Scotland), your parents would need to agree to your wishes being carried out in the event of your death, so it's really important to discuss it with them.
It is also possible to donate a kidney during life. Donors are often close relatives of the patient and their blood group and tissue type (known as the Human Leukocyte Antigen or HLA) has to be compatible.
Please be reassured that your commitment to donation will not interfere with your medical care. Donation is only an option after all life-saving efforts have been made and death has been declared.
There is no financial cost to the donor or donor's family for donation.
You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:
- Filling in a form online – www.organdonation.nhs.uk
- Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 (Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls)
- By texting SAVE to 84118
You can also join when you are:
- Registering for a driving licence
- Applying for a Boots Advantage card
- Registering at a GP surgery
- Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)
Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries and many hospitals and pharmacies.