Organ donation is the unconditional gift of an organ to help someone who needs a
transplant. The generosity of donors and their families enables over 3,000 people
in the UK every year to take on a new lease of life.
Why do I need to join the Register?
The NHS Organ Donor Register is, quite literally, a life-saver.
It is a confidential, computerised database which holds the wishes of more than
19 million people in the UK who have decided that, after their death, they want
to leave a legacy of life for others. The Register is used to help healthcare professionals
establish which organs a person wanted to donate.
By adding your name to the Register this will enable healthcare professionals to
carry out your donation wishes in the event of your death.
Most people say that they would be willing to take an organ if they needed one,
but only around 30% of us have joined the Register.
Across the UK ,10,000 people currently need a transplant. Of these, about 1,000
each year – that's three a day - will die waiting as there are not enough organs
In Northern Ireland, around 200 people are currently awaiting organ donations, while
15 die each year.
Please help us to save and improve mores lives by registering on the NHS Organ Donor
Register (www.organdonation.nhs.uk) and informing your loved ones of your wishes
if you have not done so already.
Who should I tell?
Close family and friends. At the point of donation, the person closest to you in
life will be asked what they think you would have wanted, so it is important that
you make sure they are aware of your wishes.
If you register as an organ donor without telling the people closest to you, it
may come as a surprise at a time when they are trying to deal with their loss.
If you think you would find it difficult to raise the subject, you could try using
the From The Heart campaign to start a discussion.
How do I know if I'm on there?
You can re-join the Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and the system will automatically
identify whether you are already signed up and update any relevant details.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is the organ donor organisation for the UK and
is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs.
Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant
said: "One organ donor can save the lives of up to nine people. Yet, three people
are dying every day waiting for an organ. Organ donation transforms and saves lives
and we hope this campaign will encourage everyone to join the register and tell
their loved ones about their wishes."