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About donation


Organ donation is giving an organ to someone else who needs a transplant. This donation will greatly enhance or save the life of the person who receives the transplanted organ.

You can help us save thousands of lives in the UK every year by signing up to become an organ donor and telling your family you want to donate.

Students from the Pestalozzi school in Lusaka support organ donation

Anyone can register 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. 

Becoming an organ donor only takes a few minutes if you register online, but can bring a lifetime of health and happiness to those who are waiting for a transplant. 

Your family will be asked to support organ donation if, when you die, you are in a position to donate your organs. So make sure you tell them you want to be an organ donor too. 

Sadly, around three people every day die in need of an organ transplant.

Donor card

When you register for the first time we will send you an organ donor card.

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. 

Organ and tissue donation

Most organs are donated by deceased donors and used to help someone who needs a transplant. Some organs, like the kidney and liver, can be donated by living donors.

Incredible advances in medical science mean that more people each year are able to benefit from donated tissue, including corneas and bone.

Organ and tissue donation: Your questions answered

Our pdf booklet Organ and tissue donation: Your questions answered is available to download in:

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